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Does my In Home Display (IHD) need to be plugged in all the time?

  • 12 January 2019
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Does your smart meter have to be plugged in all the time? I turn the display thing off sometimes to plug other things in. Will this affect OVO getting my readings?

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Best answer by Slinky 13 January 2019, 15:17

Updated on 11/09/20: The In Home Display (IHD) does not need to be plugged in or on all the time. More info below. 

If you have a SMETS2 smart meter and IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

If you have a SMETS1 smart meter and Chameleon IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

If you have a SMETS1 meter with a Pipet IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

I think what you meant to say was "Does the IHD (in home display) need to be plugged in all the time"?

No it doesn't, it's an independent device which takes information from the electricity smart meter’s communication hub. You can put batteries in it and leave it working unplugged, or turn it off by unplugging it. Plugging it back in again will make it connect to your meters if it's close enough. i.e connected to the Home Area Network (HAN)

You don't even need to use at all if you don't want to. Personally I think it just wastes valuable socket space and doesn't make any difference to how I use my energy. If I looked at it every time I boiled the kettle I'd never boil the kettle ever again.

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Updated on 11/09/20: The In Home Display (IHD) does not need to be plugged in or on all the time. More info below. 

If you have a SMETS2 smart meter and IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

If you have a SMETS1 smart meter and Chameleon IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

If you have a SMETS1 meter with a Pipet IHD, see this IHD guide to diagnose connection issues.

I think what you meant to say was "Does the IHD (in home display) need to be plugged in all the time"?

No it doesn't, it's an independent device which takes information from the electricity smart meter’s communication hub. You can put batteries in it and leave it working unplugged, or turn it off by unplugging it. Plugging it back in again will make it connect to your meters if it's close enough. i.e connected to the Home Area Network (HAN)

You don't even need to use at all if you don't want to. Personally I think it just wastes valuable socket space and doesn't make any difference to how I use my energy. If I looked at it every time I boiled the kettle I'd never boil the kettle ever again.

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