Smart meters - energy suppliers to save millions but we'll pay for it all
Smart energy meters then. Plans are that we’ll all have them by 2020, they’ll make billing 100% accurate and they’ll save us a load of money. A total of £36.75 million, which is an average of... £1.43 per household per year to be precise. Oh.
The energy suppliers will save money too, as they’ll no longer have to employ meter readers or staff to deal with billing disputes. They’ll save a total of £306 million a year. Wowzers!
So obviously, the energy suppliers will be churning those savings into funding the roll-out of the smart meters, right? Wrong. According to the government’s plans, we’ll be paying for it – us, the consumer, the lucky sods who are saving a poxy £1.43 a year.
Which? energy campaigner, Dr Fiona Cochrane, says: “We don’t see how the Government can justify asking consumers to pay for something that will save energy companies hundreds of millions a year, while the average household will make only minimal savings.”
True dat. If you’re as irate about this as we are, you CAN do something about it. Throw your opinions on this scam into the consultation pot by emailing the government at [email protected] before Monday 3rd August. Please state if you are an individual or representing the views of an organisation so that your voice can be properly heard. Don’t let them get away with it.