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We have just had a smart meter fitted, for me the only advantage is on the part of the energy provider, in that the energy company no longer have to send a Person to read the meter, hence the actual monetary savings are made by them.
This meter was finally fitted despite a previous fitter some 12 months ago visiting the house to fit a meter then after taking a look at it and the metal clad cut out, stating he could not do it as the cut out was an old type, and May Contain Asbestos, and also the fuse may be stuck in, with this he departed.
Some weeks later two men turned up to change the cut out, no problem you may think, "Wrong" what was required to do this was to dig up our drive, Yes dig up the Drive, or at least a very big hole in it, and cut the cable to the house, then replace the cut out, after which they would then and re-joint the cable, taking around 6 hours possibly longer depending on ground conditions, then at a later date a fitter would come and replace the meter, I kid you not, needless to say I told them that I fully understood they were only doing their job, but they must depart my premises, and not darken my door step again.
How did I know this was not required, I was an electrician before I retire, and many years ago I had the N,E,E,B connect a new distribution board for me, and I was able to see for myself what was in the cut out.
The first fitter did not even break the seal to look.
Last week after a visit from British Gas canvasser for smart meters, a fitter arrived, opened the cut out, pulled the fuse, and in less than 2 hours had fitted the new meter, no problem no danger.
Our house was built in 1930, the majority of the houses in the street are Victorian, and will possibly have cut outs similar to ours, or may be of the type where there is a need to dig to reach the incoming supply, and cut the cable, and replace the cut out, then re-joint the cable and fill in the hole, if so the cost of fitting the money saving meters will be enormous, mmm no wonder they are behind with fitting meters. and the cost is escalating, we the consumers, have to pay for this cost on our bills for years to come, well done Government Hood Winked by the Energy Suppliers into an action where the only Real Cost Savings are for the Energy companies, If you use the electricity you pay at what ever they set the tariff at.
As he departed the Meter fitter mentioned that the first fitter who came had been promoted and was now his manager, this reminds me of some thing I was told 40 years ago by a manager, that you dont promote your best foot soldiers!!!!!