Well probably for the moment. I would not know they have not had much luck
selling these as an idea to the public and if they cannot even produce a
talking one after so long the whole idea seems to be a non starter.
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On Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:55:55 +0000, "Jim GM4DHJ ..."
My 'traditional' meter only gets officially read once a year as it is,
twice a year in total - they rely on me to give the second reading
every other six months. As a result I see no benefit in my having a
smart meter whatever version number it is.
On Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:43:53 UTC, Max Demian wrote:
No smart meters can record the data for viewing too, and you won't have to calculate anything. They can produce graphs and charts and do predictions
or rather it's an app to do that , a friend is writing one at this very moment.
A smartmeter can tell you how much electricity is being used at almost anytime of the day and night without you having to get out of bed find a torch and count revolutions of a disc at 3am.
Not that I'm saying this makes smarmeters better.
For normal meters, where they rely upon estimated readings and customer
readings inbetween, they are supposed to see the meters at least every
two years. I would have thought that they'd want to cut visits to close
to that limit with smart meters.
Thames Water changed my meter recently because there was a bad leak
around the old one (thankfully on their side). When I went to look at
it I found it was a smart meter! I don't know if it has as much range
as a mobile phone, but at least they would only have to drive past now
without the bother of looking.
However the stopcock is now lower than the bigger meter, and I can't
get my arm down to turn it. I complained and they said they would
send me a key, but they sent a tiny plastic allen key that was
obviously for something else. I complained again but got no reply, so
I gave up and made my own out of a fence post with a groove in the end
to go over the tap, which is incidentally now only a quarter-turn
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