On Wed, 9 Sep 2020 at 20:11:12, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower Post by Sid Nuncius
I'm with Bulb and have been happy with them. I doubt you'll regret it.
Thanks. That's reassuring.
Post by Sid Nuncius
(I'm simply ignoring their repeated offers of a smart meter for now.
I'm not convinced that the technology is sufficiently reliable to be
worth it yet.)
I've had a supposedly smart meter for a few years and have never
persuaded it to give me any sensible, or helpful, information (to be
fair, I haven't tried very hard). The big advantage, as far as I'm
concerned, is that I haven't needed to worry about providing meter
readings as, even if it won't tell me anything helpful, it clearly does
phone home at suitable intervals and provides the necessary readings.
Yes, the ability to avoid the necessity to be in for readings was the
reason I let them fit one. (Unfortunately they [Octopus pretending to be
M&S] fitted a type 1, so it reverts to being dumb if I switch to other
than a limited number of companies.)
The sending in readings is the meter; the telling you information is the
little room gadget they give you to keep in the room. Of the one or two
I've seen, they'll tell you what you're using now, or have today (in kWh
or pounds) - some will tell you the same for the past week or month,
sometimes as a crude bar-graph. Not sure what else I would expect them
to tell me. ("Now" often has a resolution of half an hour for gas; the
thing on the gas meter that sends out the readings has to run on a
battery, and to give a reasonable number of years' life therefrom, it
doesn't do so that often. [The electric one has access to power, of
course. The gas meter talks to the electric one, and the electric one
talks to the supplier and to your gadget.])
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them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for
science intact. - Carl Sagan (interview w. Psychology Today published '96-1-1)