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Should I be suspicious of Smart Meters?


I am suspicious of Smart Meters. Should I be or not?
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Best answer by Mw2870 11 October 2018, 20:08

Hi @DavidH, welcome to the forum!

This is intriguing..... suspicious in what way?

I was initially suspicious of my smart Gas Meter when it was installed, as I was using a tiny amount of Gas in the summer even when I was not in the hours for 24 hours.

See the thread here, turns out my boiler uses a tiny amount of gas, even when it is not being used...
https://forum.ovoenergy.com/my-statement-and-charges-80/using-gas-whilst-away-how-is-this-possible-888/

One thing is for sure, without a Smart Meter, it would not have been so easy to work this out.

I have just done a comparison of two 12 month periods.

March 2016 to March 2017
This was with NPower and using a traditional meter.
Electricity usage was 2,403 kWh at a cost of £326.33
Gas usage was 5,682 kWh at a cost of £199.55

October 2017 to October 2018
This was with OVO and using a Smart Meter.
Electricity usage was 2,412 kWh at a cost of £363.80
Gas usage was 6,782kWh at a cost of £255.50

So electricity used seems pretty close really... Gas was higher, but then I remember using the heating more in the last 12 months as we had some really cold spells.

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Hi @DavidH, welcome to the forum!

This is intriguing..... suspicious in what way?

I was initially suspicious of my smart Gas Meter when it was installed, as I was using a tiny amount of Gas in the summer even when I was not in the hours for 24 hours.

See the thread here, turns out my boiler uses a tiny amount of gas, even when it is not being used...
https://forum.ovoenergy.com/my-statement-and-charges-80/using-gas-whilst-away-how-is-this-possible-888/

One thing is for sure, without a Smart Meter, it would not have been so easy to work this out.

I have just done a comparison of two 12 month periods.

March 2016 to March 2017
This was with NPower and using a traditional meter.
Electricity usage was 2,403 kWh at a cost of £326.33
Gas usage was 5,682 kWh at a cost of £199.55

October 2017 to October 2018
This was with OVO and using a Smart Meter.
Electricity usage was 2,412 kWh at a cost of £363.80
Gas usage was 6,782kWh at a cost of £255.50

So electricity used seems pretty close really... Gas was higher, but then I remember using the heating more in the last 12 months as we had some really cold spells.
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Not sure why you should be suspicious. If anything, It's a fantastic bit of kit! It is nice to be able to see how much energy you are consuming at a glance.

If you currently do not have a smart meter installed with OVO. You can arrange for it to be installed by going to the following link.

https://smart.ovoenergy.com/credit?utm_source=ovoenergy.com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=product_page1
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Hey @DavidH - more info here if you need it:
https://www.ovoenergy.com/help/smart-meter-safety

Cheers
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