I do actually want smart meters. Not necessarily because they will save me money on energy, they won’t, as I have always taken my own meter readings monthly for the almost 20 years I’ve lived at my address. I want smart meters because at the end of the day, although ‘free’ at the point of installation, they certainly aren’t ‘free’, everyone is paying for the ruddy things out of their energy bills whether you have them or not, so I might as well have them fitted.
I don’t have metal boxes and the house is less than 20 years old, so it shouldn’t preclude me from having meters, but as above, I won’t accept meters unless they are SMETS2. Funnily enough, my energy company had a pop up on their site just the other day stating that they will be offering smart meters very soon to those that want them, however once my present energy fix is over, I’m not sure yet whether or not I’ll be staying with them, only using MSE guidance will decide whether or not to move supplier.
But overall as energy useage goes, well I had a brand new boiler fitted last year and I’ve definitely seen an overall reduction in gas useage. I also have Hive fitted which in my opinon, really is the best thing since sliced bread. I have full control over my energy/hot water from anywhere in the world with a wifi link, brilliant for when I’m away on holiday. I can switch lights on and off, put the water back on the day I fly home etc.