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Big Energy Week: Which issues smart meter concerns

Consumer group Which? has used Big Energy Week to issue a warning to the Government to halt the installation of Smart Meters across the UK or risk becoming embroiled in an £11bn fiasco.

Big Energy Week sparks debate

The main thrust of their concern is that the efficiency savings which the meters are supposed to engender will not pass sufficient value onto consumers, and enable them to save money on their energy bills.

British Gas has urged the government to continue with the programme, insisting that its customers are happy with the smart meters and are saving cash on their bills.

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Do you have a smart meter installed?

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Also worth noting is that, as part of Big Energy Week (a collaboration between the Citizens Advice Bureau, energy companies and other bodies), Which is holding a live Q&A session with energy secretary Chris Huhne at 2.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 18th January) – go to this webpage to get involved.

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Electricity savings from greener smarter metering

The government’s estimated figure for the average  household savings from smart meters: £23, according to today’s Guardian.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be saving more than that though – £23 is just £1.92 a month. So that would mean it’d take 43 years to save a grand.

£1.92 a month could be saved by judicious use of the washing machine (economy cycles, lower temps etc) not overfilling the kettle, and making sure the oven isn’t used to heat up a solitary steak pie.

Of course even if the savings are modest, they’re better than no savings ata all: and smart metering takes the guesswork out of this saving exercise. Expect many threads on the Money Saving Expert site about various appliances and which ones are the cheapest to run.

Potential public interest via Money Saving Expert, consumer programmes, blogs and so on could really be  starting to make the leading manufacturers think about what to do in response. When you think of how heated the arguments used to get about whether an Intel dual core chip was faster than an AMD Athlon, it’s obvious that people like to get detailed about technical stuff. My fridge is more energy economical thatn your fridge, etc.

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