Millions of homeowners reject smart meters over hacking fear
June 26 2017, 12:01am, The Times
Concerns over cybersecurity are undermining the nationwide introduction of smart meters, with more than one in five people saying they do not want one.
Almost six million homes would reject the devices despite government promises that they would cut energy bills, according to a survey of attitudes to Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in a generation. More than half of those who oppose smart meters said that their principal concern was data protection.
The government has promised that every home in Britain would be offered a smart meter by 2020. The devices are connected to the internet and track energy usage in real time, allowing customers to better understand their consumption patterns. They would eventually cut the time it takes to switch supplier from six weeks…