Want strangers to know you're away? Have a smart meterOur trials and tribulations with Eon over our non-functioning, not so Smart Meter were recorded in a May IDGOM.
Well, late last month a very nice engineer arrived to have a look at the offending object. Within the hour he had removed the meter from the wall in the garage, installed a new “old” meter and taken away the display unit.
He said I would now have to give meter readings online every quarter. Something I had been doing since Eon went online in the last century.
It seems that some areas do not have a good enough mobile phone signal to allow the smart part of the meter to do an ET and call home.
When I first enquired about having a smart meter installed I mentioned the poor mobile phone signal in our area. No problem, Eon said, and the new meter was fitted in June 2015.
A word of caution if you have a smart meter that works. Did you realise that you are, in effect, letting a third party know whenever you are on holiday or even away for a weekend. The smart meter sends readings back to base every 30 minutes. And I would guess you don’t use as much electricity if you are not at home. Just saying.
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