Do you do or do you don't get a smart meter?

Hi everyone,

@beckettcatherine and I have been offered a smart meter by Bulb. I quite want to get one as they seem like a good thing to have oversight of our energy. But we do have a Solar Edge system that allows us to track our electricity use, so the added benefit of a smart meter would be to track how much gas we’re using to heat the house.

@beckettcatherine has been reading into it and apparently, some smart meters can’t cope with economy 7 (night-time rate) electricity. We have a lodger who lives above the garage and the only heating he has is a storage heater which charges at night, so it’s a real benefit to us to have economy 7, and we wouldn’t want to lose it.

The smart meter is obviously free so it seems sensible but I’ve heard people have had some negative experiences.

What do you think we should do?

I haven’t had any experience of Smart Meters, but there is some opposition locally to them in the same way there is opposition to 5G i.e. that the radiation involved can have a detrimental effect on health. I don’t really understand the issues here - is this something you have come across?

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We have a smart meter as Octopus charge 5ppKw from0030 to 0430m and that’s when we charge our electric car instead of paying 15ppkw during the day

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Is this on economy 7?

Nope just their cheap overnight rate

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