Smart meters?

We who live in the United Kingdom have been bombarded with t.v. adverts, leaflets, special offers (time-limited), all in the sacred name of the so-called Smart Meters: to be offered and fitted into every UK property on both grids.

  • We are told that they are free.They are most definitely not free, the cost is to the customer, but spread over ten years (I think) so the apparent cost is allegedly minimal.
  • We are told that it is a UK Government initiative. This again is incorrect, as the push comes from European Union requirements and secondary legislation, on the slippery grounds of both Harmonisation, and battling ‘Climate change’.
  • We are told that, with a ‘smart meter’ fitted, you will be able to check your energy usage at a minutes’ notice; and that you will ‘save money’ if a smart meter is fitted.

Now let us examine that last statement very carefully. You will be able to check your energy usage? Yes you will. I have no problem with that statement. But the second phrase: ‘you will save money if a ‘smart meter’ is fitted? Now folks, the only way or manner to save money, with or indeed without one of these small ‘gizmos’ is to switch things off, so the electrons and energy stop flowing through the circuit. You can, if you wish swap to another supplier, but the ‘true’ savings are minimal, at best.

So, are we being ‘lied to’ in order to get a truly dodgy piece of kit switched into to your home services? Yes, is the answer, the ONLY way to ‘save cash for the same electricity is to switch the damn thing off, and; when the washing machine is half-way through its’ cycle because it is ‘costing’ too much, all you are left with is a bundle of sopping wet shirts etc. which you cannot get out of the machine because the programming is telling the machine that there is still a heap of water in there, along with the half-washed shirts.

The ONLY people to benefit from ‘Smart meters’ are:-

  • The Meter manufacturers, having been handed a multi-million contract to fit gear which will be only of use to:-
  • The Power companies. Why? Because they can cut your supply off at the touch of a computer mouse if they need to ‘shed load’ for frequency-matching purposes; or
  • Because if you are late paying your bill, they can chop your supply off without hesitation; and:-
  • They don’t need to employ expensive meter readers, because; when the kit is working correctly, the total bill is available automatically at the power company’s monitor screens, computers and printers.
  • You can demand to have a ‘Digital Meter’ fitted when your meter needs renewing; which means that you get an accurate meter without some nosy parker getting his nose into your private life!

Into the bargain, because of the insane way in which Government thinks of ‘high-tech’ equipment; which is to believe that electronic, computer-controlled and software operated bits of kit will work perfectly straight out of the box: when any half-aware computer-literate bloke will tell them that this never, ever happens. The ONLY way to introduce gear like this on a National basis is simply to approach it on an area test case, where the technicians who are supposed to stick the gear into your power switch are trained to accept all areas of the technology: and then to run things on a three-month basis, wheedling out all the screw-ups, logging same and cataloguing them so the technicians know what to expect when the system goes National.

And then someone pops his head around the corner, and tells you that its all gone wrong, because the first ship-load of kit is being superseded by another, and you have to start all over again!

I have helped build and commission Water and Sewage pumping stations, sections of a Nuclear Power Station, Defence installations, Electrical substations and high-rise buildings, and they all are the same: you check all and every interlock forwards and backwards; you always either see it done yourself, or hand over to trusted subordinates; and when the Client shakes your hand: then you know it is accepted: and there are absolutely No Short Cuts!

8 comments for “Smart meters?

  1. Mudplugger
    September 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    In principle, smart meters are a good idea: no meter readers needed, no more estimated bills, the facility to introduce more flexible tariffs to balance consumption load better etc.

    The problems are in the way in which they’ve been introduced, the deceptions used and the lack of technical foresight. All those were avoidable and, if they had been, then smart meters would have ‘sold’ themselves. Own foot shot again.

    • Ted Treen
      September 19, 2017 at 1:02 am

      “…The problems are in the way in which they’ve been introduced…”

      Can you – or anyone – recall any application of technology/innovation planned or implemented by the EU bureaucrats or HM Government which hasn’t gone tits up?

      IT systems too numerous to mention now abandoned or non-functional, replacement of incandescent light bulbs for green reasons without realising that the ‘green’ replacements were full of mercury vapour, – need I go on?

      The soi-disant élite are very dangerous: those who know nothing but know that they know nothing are fairly safe: those who know nothing but think that they know something are somewhat worrying: those who know nothing but think that they know everything are frighteningly dangerous.

  2. September 19, 2017 at 3:50 am

    “Now folks, the only way or manner to save money, with or indeed without one of these small ‘gizmos’ is to switch things off, so the electrons and energy stop flowing through the circuit. You can, if you wish swap to another supplier, but the ‘true’ savings are minimal, at best.”


    • Hereward Unbowed.
      September 19, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      In Pakistan having the lecky on is a real treat, usually only about 2 hrs/day.

      pakistan is a third world shit hole, the UK was a first world country, but since Hareld Wilson and his cultural Marxist crew not least Woy Jenkins and his baleful schedule to turn Britain into a third world dustbin, ably assisted by Ted who forced into the arms of the Berlin social engineers, tony bliar who opened the gates and in the infamous quote from Handelscrote “we were rounding them up” and add in the curse of multcult + the UN agenda 21 or whatever they renamed it……………
      dave continued the damage with terrible theresa whose immensely comfortable with Sharia.

      The deconstruction, with a third world energy supply, is just about totalled – we are.

  3. Kristin
    September 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The Smart Meters is a tool to get everyone on the Smart GRID. Your usage, what when how and why you use anything that uses electricity in the home can be inspected remotely by a 3rd party. Your power can also be turned off remotely at an instant, for instance, if you choose to use power during “non-sustainable hours”. Your usage will be taxed based on EU/ Green Initiative standards, you will be punished accordingly. The smart meters are invasive, and have an agenda and that agenda is control.

    In the US, the meters transmit over an unlicensed band which the US FCC is ruled “Part 15” and part of I believe a standard “Part 19” or 17, it matters not, as it is using unlicensed bands. If an unlicensed transmitter interferes in ANY way with a licensed reception or transmission device then by law the offender must stop transmitting or interfering with the licensed equipment. This sirs and madames is how I got our local utility to remove our smart meter from our rented house within 24 hrs of them receiving my email stating thus. I did not need supply them with the license # of my “equipment” (quotes intentional…) that it interfered with. Check your laws in your state, county or country to see if this applies to you.

    Read more here… explains all in detail

    “The Smart Grid is not only the implementation of technology – it’s the implementation of a political power network – and the Smart Meter is their foot in your door for the direct exercise of that political power. ”
    quote source:Vicky Davis onApril 7, 2012

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      September 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      I wouldn’t argue with a word of that, a very good post imho.

  4. Dr Evil
    September 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t want one. My simple/stupid meter is fine.

  5. Peter MacFarlane
    September 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

    We have one of these things.

    I have no idea how it’s supposed to tell me our consumption in real time; it only has a single number displayed, just like the old meter. It tells us nothing.

    It does obviate the need for meter-readers and estimated bills, which is nice.

    Or perhaps I should say “did”, because since we switched suppliers (saving £20 a MONTH, which is not trivial), the smart meter…wait for it…no longer works. Great design, guys!

    How’s that for a techno-ballsup of the first order?

    BTW all my IT kit is sitting behind an online UPS…good luck working out what’s in there, Mr. Smart Meter.

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