reply to Jurjen
Re: This is really two separate issues
said by Jurjen:I don't know about other locations, but here in Ontario the primary reason for introducing smart meters was not to eliminate meter readers.
By the way: I don't need a meter reader on my doorstep every one or two months. If I would just be allowed to enter my numbers through the internet or phone and only get checked once a year, why would I need to pay extra?
People wanting smart meters should actually pay for the difference. You're throwing away perfectly good analogue meters (which actually have a much longer lifespan and are much less likely to get issues), for getting a new one, which consumes power to run on and needs to have a powered wireless grid around town to run on. Why should my energy bill go up to cover those expenses?
It was to implement Time of Use Billing.
Wait, time of use billing? I.e. night rate electricity? My *grandmother* used to have that, well before anyone outside of universities ever even heard of computers, much less "smart" anything... I don't see why they would need a smart meter for this.
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said by jp10558:I don't know how you would do it without, unless you send a meter reader out every hour.
I don't see why they would need a smart meter for this.
Maybe you are thinking of some other TOU billing scheme.
For us, the rate varies throughout the day.
At peak demand times you pay more per kWh than at low demand times and those times change seasonally.