December 8, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
An interesting update to this thread.
Over a year ago, my electric company fitted a new digital meter to my home while I was out. It's not a smart meter - so why fit it when it will have to be replaced within a decade I don't know -, but it's led to problems ever since with my meter reading.
Confusingly, the 'daytime' rate is denoted by the number 1, or letter N. The 'nighttime' rate is 4 and L.
I've just spent 20 minutes on the phone to the utility, because the way those figures appear on their bill is the other way round, and the person who entered my most recent readings (which I phone through), seems to have put them the wrong way.
It's another example of digital regression. My old analog meter never caused such problems, and "day" and "night" rates were clearly denoted as "high and low".
I'm sure a smart meter that reports directly to the utility will fix this, but as mentioned that's at least a decade away from being fitted.
Whats the point of technology if it actually complicates your life rather than simplifying it.
Bring back the meter man - at least any mistakes then were his fault and could be quickly rectified.