2009-06-06

Government: you must buy a smart meter

The government plans to compel us in the UK to buy smart meters. The arguments for it are that:
  • It'll save the electricity companies money because meter readers wouldn't have to go out and read meters.
  • It'll save customers money, because more accurate measurement leads to energy savings.
I object to the compulsion aspect of this policy, I think the customer should be free to choose the type of meter they have. The supplier can publish two tariffs, one for a conventional meter, and another for a smart meter, and the customer can choose which one they think will be best for them.

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