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Kevin Wood

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Re: Smart meters
« Reply #15 on: 11 January 2018, 10:06:40 »

I am waiting in for a delivery so had a look for my dads "lost" SSE smart meter. predictably there is a smart box wired into the meter that wasn't there last time I was here.

I found the thing he was referring to. It is a plug in to a wall 13 amp socket device that gives you usage info. e.g. how much you have spent since midnight . One thing I noticed was it made me go and look for lights that could be turned off!   ;D

That sounds more like a stand-alone energy monitor. They have a current transformer that clips round one of the meter tails (and thus they can only measure current, so are wildly inaccurate). A smart meter would just be a different type of meter, with no additional boxes connected.
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Re: Smart meters
« Reply #16 on: 11 January 2018, 12:44:09 »

I am waiting in for a delivery so had a look for my dads "lost" SSE smart meter. predictably there is a smart box wired into the meter that wasn't there last time I was here.

I found the thing he was referring to. It is a plug in to a wall 13 amp socket device that gives you usage info. e.g. how much you have spent since midnight . One thing I noticed was it made me go and look for lights that could be turned off!   ;D

That sounds more like a stand-alone energy monitor. They have a current transformer that clips round one of the meter tails (and thus they can only measure current, so are wildly inaccurate). A smart meter would just be a different type of meter, with no additional boxes connected.

No, my "smart" meter also has a standalone box as Varche describes which does look very much like the old style energy monitor, but is talking to the meter rather than attaching a monitor to the meter tail.  Doesn't say much that is useful after the novelty of seeing how much it all costs.  Mine hasn't been plugged in for months.
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Re: Smart meters
« Reply #17 on: 11 January 2018, 18:17:34 »

Well they were supposed to be calling me back yesterday and didn't,nor have they tried today so I haven't even been able to tell them I don't want one :D
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