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Night readings on smart meter - How do I find them?

  • 29 September 2017
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Prior to having my smart meter fitted on September 20th my old meter showed one window for day and one for night readings. I am on Economy 7, have night storage heaters and try to use the cheaper nighttime rate wherever possible. The installation engineer removed the ancient looking clock which dictated when the night rate cut in.
My new meter however only gives me the opportunity to submit one daytime rate which I assume will eventually be submitted automatically. Can you assure me that I am still on Economy 7 and let me know how I will be able to forward readings?
On another tack, the engineer was unable to do anything about my gas meter as he was not qualified to deal with the particular type of meter. Will this be taken care of in the near future? Thank you.
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Best answer by stateofit 30 September 2017, 19:35

Try hitting 6 on your electric meter keypad. The Meter mind, not the display tablet thing...

I think 6 is supposed to show you the Day and Night readings

Smart meters can be either single or dual rates, so if it's not the way you want it, just ask OVO to amend it.

Make sure you're doing the right thing though.

Night rate is usually roughly 00.00 - 0700, so if you aren't using much energy during those hours then you actually better off on single rates.

If you have storage heaters then Yes make Sure you're on Dual rate.

Updated on 12/07/2019
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Try hitting 6 on your electric meter keypad. The Meter mind, not the display tablet thing...

I think 6 is supposed to show you the Day and Night readings

Smart meters can be either single or dual rates, so if it's not the way you want it, just ask OVO to amend it.

Make sure you're doing the right thing though.

Night rate is usually roughly 00.00 - 0700, so if you aren't using much energy during those hours then you actually better off on single rates.

If you have storage heaters then Yes make Sure you're on Dual rate.

Updated on 12/07/2019
Thanks for your quick reply. I can see the day reading by hitting the 6 button but not the night rate reading. This leads me to believe that I have been put on to the standard rate, especially as I have not been given the opportunity to forward my night reading when I'm asked to forward readings. Also I am going to have to get the meter moved to a lower position on the meter boardas it's not as easy to read the smart meter as the previous digital one.
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Thanks for your quick reply. I can see the day reading by hitting the 6 button but not the night rate reading. This leads me to believe that I have been put on to the standard rate, especially as I have not been given the opportunity to forward my night reading when I'm asked to forward readings. Also I am going to have to get the meter moved to a lower position on the meter boardas it's not as easy to read the smart meter as the previous digital one.

Hey Ferrymaster,

This OVO answers article shows you how to take a reading for your economy 7 smart meter: https://www.ovoenergy.com/ovo-answers/topics/smart-technology/smart-meters/how-do-i-take-a-reading-on-my-smart-meter.html.

More information on moving your meter can be found here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/your-energy-meter/move-your-gas-or-electricity-meter/.

Lucy
So six months after joining OVO my smart meter still does not communicate with the company, despite insistence that it would when I joined.

I'm being asked to provide regular meter readings - but my smart meter does not give me the two numbers I need for my online account as I am on Economy 7.

I have tried looking on the unit where the original meter is but again I only get one number. How can I find out the two readings?
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Hey @readjono - I've moved your post over here, you should be able to find the info you need above ☝🏼

I have the same issue. You guys are not upto date on things as my meter doesn’t have a numeric pad. As Readjonos meter was fitting in the same time frame as mine I suspect he may have the same issue.  Do your homework Nancy and know your customer base and products please.

This is my meter

https://www.smartme.co.uk/doc/SGM1400-Smart-Meter-Global-Aclara.pdf

 

 

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Hi @krad 

Time frame has nothing to do with it, it’ll depend on the region of the UK in which you live. Unfortunately I can’t see this from the customer forum!

You have a second generation smart meter. You can see your reading by pressing the A button three times.

Cheers

@Nancy_OVO So you are saying ovo is fitting SMETS1 meters after when they are supposed to be??

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I’m not sure what you mean @krad. 2020 is the cut off point for traditional meters being installed. After this point, if anyone needs a meter exchange (due to fault, re-certification or otherwise), it’ll have to be a smart meter. 

We’re installing SMETS2 in most regions now, but in some SMETS1 are still available too depending on availability.

You appear to be mixing your eggs again. 2020 is when you can no longer count them towards your targets. After March this year they all installations should have been SMETS2, which would have been about when readjono had his installed. Hence me presuming you had given him a bum steer.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2019/03/avro_notice_of_proposal_fo_final.pdf

 

 

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I’m not, @krad

The deadline for installing SMETS1 meters did pass on the 15th of March this year. After this date, suppliers can still install SMETS1 meters but cannot count them towards their installation targets for the year. As such, many suppliers will be mostly installing SMETS2 meters going forward.

If we need to, due to technical issues or no SMETS2 availability, we’re still able to install SMETS1.

 

But in all probability you are not, so my original comment still stands, the odds are you gave a bad answer.

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