Haven’t bothered with a smart meter yet? Hold off… my energy firm is now offering a bribe to get one and the rewards may improve, says LEE BOYCE
Every two months, I receive a text message to my mobile phone from the sender ‘SmartMeter’. It always says the same thing:
‘Just a friendly reminder from First Utility to call our partner Siemens to arrange your smart meter installation.’
I also frequently receive letters from it along the same lines and periodically e-mails. A recent one read: ‘Get your gas and electricity bills under control and upgrade to a smart meter today.
‘Book an appointment and become part of the nationwide smart meter movement that shows you your exact usage in pounds and pence.’
Smart meter: It now seems energy firms are offering incentives to get one installed
I ignore the correspondence. I’m not fussed about getting a smart meter – nor will I be mollycoddled into getting one, especially seeing as I don’t feel like I need one.
I don’t need to see my exact usage in pounds and pence. Like most things with ‘smart’ in front of the name, it doesn’t feel that smart.
They send readings direct to the supplier but I don’t mind doing it the old-fashioned way.
I don’t like giving up my privacy if I don’t need to and believe it will be a waste of time – it is unlikely I’ll be able to switch the meter to another supplier, which makes the whole exercise feel redundant.