Do I have to get a new electricity meter?

Is having a new electricity meter mandatory?

The government requires that smart meters are offered by energy suppliers to all small businesses and homes, but smart meters are not a legal requirement, therefore it’s not compulsory to have a smart meter installed. However, having a smart meter at your premises is likely to become the norm in years to come.

Do electricity meters expire?

Public Electricity Supply meters do not come to a end of life as such, but do come to the end of their certification period, after which they are duty bound to be changed. After removal they are then either tested and recertified for future use, or disposed off.

Can you refuse to have a smart meter installed?

You don’t have to accept a smart meter if you don’t want one. If your supplier tells you that you must have one installed, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline. If you refuse a smart meter, you might find it hard to access all tariffs.

Is it a legal requirement to have an electric smart meter?

Smart meters will be rolled out as standard across the country by the end of 2020. But there is no legal obligation on you to have one.

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Why you shouldn’t get a smart meter?

Smart meters currently report your usage through mobile networks, which can be unreliable in certain areas, particularly if you live in a rural location. This can lead to readings not being sent, which can lead to confusion over bills for both you and your energy company.

Is it compulsory to have a smart meter fitted by 2020?

All suppliers will eventually be required to offer you them, but smart meters are NOT mandatory – you’re free to say no. You can always change your mind if you decide you want one at a later date, simply contact your supplier to ask.

What is the lifespan of an electric meter?

As a rule of thumb, it is 10 years for newly approved induction meters and up to 20 years for static meters.

Can your electric meter be wrong?

While electric meters can last for decades, especially the mechanical ones, old meters can become inaccurate over time.

How do I replace my electric meter?

If you require a new meter for your home or business, you will need to contact your electricity retailer who can arrange for their appointed accredited provider to install a meter for you.

Are there any disadvantages to smart meters?

By 2020, all homes and small businesses across Great Britain would have been offered a smart meter. More than 21 million smart meters have already been installed.

Summary: Smart meter advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages Disadvantages
Accurate bills- no more estimates! They won’t reduce your bills alone

Why are my bills higher with a smart meter?

If you hadn’t provided regular reading previously then your bills may have been under-estimated and therefore appear to increase after a Smart Meter is installed. As a smart meter sends us a reading when we need it you can be sure your bill is spot on and avoid any nasty bill surprises in future.

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Why do they want us to have smart meters?

One of the big, long term benefits of all homes having Smart meters is it will enable the energy networks to monitor supply and demand much more accurately and in much more detail. This data will enable us all to use the energy produced by renewable sources most efficiently.