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Energy/Electricity Storage and Use/Grid Connection => Grid-connected Renewables => Topic started by: nowty on June 29, 2020, 11:29:48 AM

Title: Meter Reader
Post by: nowty on June 29, 2020, 11:29:48 AM
I had a meter reader come round this morning asking to read my leccy meter. :onpatrol

I told him its a smart meter, so why did they need to manually read it. wackoold

He said its to check they are receiving the correct data (probably cos all they are getting since April is zeros). :hysteria

So now they have verified the zero import readings on the actual meter, I forecast them wanting to change it, thinking its bust. :crossed

Title: Re: Meter Reader
Post by: dan_b on June 29, 2020, 12:12:45 PM
I must admit I assumed that with SMART Meters, they wouldn't need to come and do physical checks either - but there you go.
Which utility company was it?

Title: Re: Meter Reader
Post by: oliver90owner on June 29, 2020, 02:11:11 PM
Did the meter reader check for nail holes in the tails, either side of the meter?🙂

I once had a ‘meter reader’ arrive unexpectedly mid-morning to ‘check the meter’ (because most of my usage - what there was of it - was on the E7 side?).

Woke me up, hammering on the door and ringing the bell, so I wasn’t particularly amused at his antics.  Middle of summer, all things done on night rate (I arrived home from work each day at about 06:30, cooked a meal (often with gas), etc and ran dishwasher and/or washing machine occasionally, before retiring to slumber about 08:30h (end of E7 in summertime back then).

While he was poking around, I expressed my displeasure as I needed my sleep before going out in the afternoon and evening, followed by the night shift.  They never checked up again, even though I made sure my leccy use was mostly at the night rate.

Title: Re: Meter Reader
Post by: nowty on June 29, 2020, 02:44:24 PM
I'm with Octopus but the meter reader was from Lowri Beck. He did not look at anything other than press the button on the meter and note it down.

Title: Re: Meter Reader
Post by: desperate on June 29, 2020, 04:26:45 PM
I am pretty sure the suppliers are still obliged to do a quick check for safety once in a while whatever type of meter you have. With gas for instance, can you still find the tap and is it seized?