Author Topic: Electricity Smart Meter  (Read 18921 times)

Kim

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #225 on: 04 December, 2020, 01:31:41 pm »
I'm still enjoying the novelty of accurate billing without performing keyhole surgery to access the gas meter.

ian

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #226 on: 04 December, 2020, 01:43:43 pm »
I won't argue with no longer needing to insert my iPhone into the cupboard, arm outstretched, in the hope of getting a picture of the electricity meter readout*.

*our fault. In olden times, back when the Asbestos Palace was a mere castle, everything in the hallways was en-cupboarded in fabulously crappy dark wood that was favoured in the 60s and 70s and reminded me of schools and hospitals, which turned the hallway into a grimly dark institutionalized intestine that squeezed you from the front door to the kitchen. Rip it out, declared we. Unfortunately, then we had to minimally box in the meters which our destructive processes had left cruelly exposed.
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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #227 on: 04 December, 2020, 05:29:54 pm »
Novelty over. I put the gadget in the cupboard with the meters (it kept losing connection anyway, but as previously discussed, The Asbestos Palace is impervious to weasily little radio waves).

Told you!!   We should have Smart Meters shortly, I'm not even going to bother to get the reader gadget out of the box.

ian

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #228 on: 04 December, 2020, 08:07:29 pm »
The instructions said the gadget didn't need to be connected to the wifi for billing but please connect it to your wifi for billing. I assume this means it uses the wifi as a backup, but it preferred the elegance of a quantum superposed instruction.
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Kim

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #229 on: 04 December, 2020, 08:10:23 pm »
Neither of the smart meter display gadgets we've had had any sort of WiFi functionality.  They were able to obtain tariff data (in order to display in Currency Units rather than something intuitive like kW) via the meter.

Feanor

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #230 on: 04 December, 2020, 08:12:53 pm »
I think it means it gets its useage from the meters in the usual way, and can present this in kW.
But to be able to present this to you in £, it needs to know about your tariff, so it needs to be able to go online to the supplier to get this info.

The meters connect to the suppliers by themselves to supply usage info, and don't need the display device to do this.
The display device is cosmetic to the metering.

ian

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #231 on: 04 December, 2020, 08:45:27 pm »
I suppose that makes more sense than the instructions. It wanted to be connected to the wifi for some reason, though from this point on, I'm blaming it if any p0rn gets downloaded.
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Feanor

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #232 on: 04 December, 2020, 09:52:11 pm »
That's fair enough, I look forward to an Oglaf series where in some other-world smart meters have become sentient and have their own p0rn, subjugating hapless homeowners and their guests in some mass orgy where inserting 50p coins is a historic-fantasy fetish.

Kim

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #233 on: 17 September, 2021, 08:05:59 pm »
In smart meter news, it appears that the Octopus API isn't returning any data for our gas meter since midnight on the 6th.  The electricity is fine.

Obviously, I've been somewhat distracted, and am very much not in the mood for digging out the meters in order to see what's going on, but feel free to take bets on whether this is due to:

a) Wireless notworking.
b) A bat flattery in the gas meter.
c) Some sort of IT incompetence, either industry-wide or cephalopod-specific.
d) I can't believe it's not brexit.
e) All of the above.

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #234 on: 17 September, 2021, 08:27:43 pm »
Octopus website has been telling me it doesn't know what gas tariff we're on, even though it's the same as the electricity and neither of them are smart meters.
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Kim

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #235 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:10:44 pm »
That, combined with the readings suspiciously stopping at midnight, would lend weight to hypothesis (c).

Kim

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #236 on: 18 September, 2021, 02:04:46 pm »
I dusted off the stupid energy display thinger.  It seems to have gas readings for the week, which would eliminate a meter problem.  I also read the meter directly (because the display thinger is rubbish and doesn't show the absolute readings, like the nPower one did).

Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #237 on: 12 November, 2021, 10:06:54 am »
I finally gave in to the emails from So Energy asking to install smart meters. In my response I pointed out the electricity meter is under the kitchen sink unit and the washing machine has to be pulled out to access it.

Fitter turned up this morning, hummed and hah'd, and decided he couldn't manage it. To be fair, he was a very large guy who'd have had difficulty squeezing into the available space, but the meter has been replaced before.

Waiting to see what response I get, if any.

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Re: Electricity Smart Meter
« Reply #238 on: 12 November, 2021, 03:38:15 pm »
I have been too lazy to change my electricity supplier, so I've been with Eastern Electricity -> Powergen ->e-on since I moved here.

They installed a Smart Meter 4 years ago and this has been sending readings to the mothership every 3 months/month without issue, until August this year.

My electricity bill for September was estimated, which I thought was strange.

The meter was read on 23 September, according to my online account (It's in an outside box so I wouldn't see a meter reader.)

There have been no further meter readings.

I asked my cleaning lady to read my meter for me earlier this week. The display was blank.

Looked at the e-on website. Looks like the system crashed when it absorbed all the failing power companies.

Hope things get rebooted...