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  1. At the time the project was conceived there were...

    Posted by talldave, 21-07-19
    At the time the project was conceived there were a lot of energy saving opportunities - 90% savings with LED lighting, new standby regulations on TVs etc, ever reducing consumption on fridges &...
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  2. As someone who was nearly involved in IHD design...

    Posted by talldave, 21-07-19
    As someone who was nearly involved in IHD design in the early days of the smart metering dream I have to say I am not surprised at all by the current situation.

    For sure, having government set...
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  3. DutchCaerleon it would be interesting to know...

    Posted by talldave, 09-07-19
    DutchCaerleon it would be interesting to know your consumption stats before and after your project!

    I agree on the accessibility of tech to all in the home, which is why I don't bother much. Even...
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  4. LOL, I'm sure repeaters will cope with sideways...

    Posted by talldave, 09-07-19
    LOL, I'm sure repeaters will cope with sideways as well as up and down. The serious point though is that whilst meters themselves might act as repeaters unless "the industry" has commissioned...
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  5. You'll need a Zigbee repeater. I thought the...

    Posted by talldave, 08-07-19
    You'll need a Zigbee repeater. I thought the system was designed so that in blocks of flats a mesh network would be created to get the comms from upper floors down to ground level. You just need to...
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  6. Thanks Marc for the reply The IHD is a...

    Posted by talldave, 08-07-19
    Thanks Marc for the reply

    The IHD is a customer device that they can decide to use or not use, so it's fair that the customer pays to power it.

    But it seems wrong that the customer is expected...
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  7. Look back through your bills if they were based...

    Posted by talldave, 07-07-19
    Thread: Usage
    Look back through your bills if they were based on actual readings?

    Or start reading your meters now and you'll have your answer in 12 months. Sorry, slightly tongue in cheek but if you have gas...
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  8. A few more of my thoughts, which mostly relate to...

    Posted by talldave, 04-07-19
    A few more of my thoughts, which mostly relate to IT stuff in the home.

    Something using 6W uses a unit of electricity, 1kWh, per week. Wi-fi routers typically use that amount.

    We have a cheap...
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  9. Switch off PCs, laptop PSUs and monitors at the...

    Posted by talldave, 03-07-19
    Switch off PCs, laptop PSUs and monitors at the wall socket when you're not using them.
    If you have a very large TV, don't leave it on for long periods when you're not in the room. In standby it...
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  10. Lol no. It's a rented property and the landlord...

    Posted by talldave, 01-07-19
    Lol no. It's a rented property and the landlord is scrooge. We're actually moving at the end of the month because we've had enough of the tight landlord and incompetent letting agents. It took 3...
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  11. Just an extreme example from my single glazed...

    Posted by talldave, 30-06-19
    Just an extreme example from my single glazed cottage (read fridge). I take weekly readings and this last week of hot weather has seen the lowest gas consumption of the last 11 months. Back during...
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  12. The SMETS2 meters don't communicate with the...

    Posted by talldave, 27-06-19
    The SMETS2 meters don't communicate with the provider at all, they communicate with the DCC. PP must be getting data from DCC for the meters they're fitting so why can't they get data from a meter...
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  13. Is the comms hub on the network side of the...

    Posted by talldave, 26-06-19
    Is the comms hub on the network side of the meter? Ie the customer doesn't pay for the electricity it uses?
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  14. A bit disappointing to see silly errors like this...

    Posted by talldave, 26-06-19
    A bit disappointing to see silly errors like this creeping in. Is pre-release testing not covering full functionality?
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  15. Family of 3 here using about 10 units a day, so...

    Posted by talldave, 12-06-19
    Family of 3 here using about 10 units a day, so yes you're using a lot.

    If you have a meter with a pulsing LED, I would highly recommend the Geo Minim+ monitor. Because it uses meter pulses it's...
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  16. Switching is a customer choice, how can it be a...

    Posted by talldave, 09-06-19
    Switching is a customer choice, how can it be a con? Advertising false prices or hidden price increases might be a con. So how exactly have you been conned?

    If you entered false consumption data...
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  17. woz makes a very good point. You can only...

    Posted by talldave, 09-06-19
    Thread: Economy 7 Meter
    woz makes a very good point. You can only contemplate an E7 tariff if you know what your day/night consumption figures are. With non-smart meters the customer has this information available from the...
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  18. Moving to Yorkshire Energy where even my 20%...

    Posted by talldave, 06-06-19
    Thread: Economy 7 Meter
    Moving to Yorkshire Energy where even my 20% night time usage is well inside their 15% night time break even point for E7.
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  19. Ok I think we might have to agree to disagree. E7...

    Posted by talldave, 06-06-19
    Thread: Economy 7 Meter
    Ok I think we might have to agree to disagree. E7 by definition offers cheaper night time electricity (nominally for 7 hours) and PP do not support such a tariff. They only offer a non-E7 tariff, but...
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  20. PP doesn't offer E7 does it? If you have an E7...

    Posted by talldave, 06-06-19
    Thread: Economy 7 Meter
    PP doesn't offer E7 does it? If you have an E7 meter PP simply add the day & night readings together. So you would not expect to get an E7 meter whilst a PP customer. Perhaps AndyL does actually...
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  21. When you get the email asking for readings by the...

    Posted by talldave, 05-06-19
    When you get the email asking for readings by the nth, just provide readings on the nth. That way PP won't need to estimate the readings for the nth based on your readings from a couple of days...
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  22. Yorkshire Energy. I was amazed as in my younger...

    Posted by talldave, 02-06-19
    Yorkshire Energy. I was amazed as in my younger days E7 was for 30-35% night time users.

    A word of warning though for anyone using uSwitch, they're showing Bristol Energy and Zebra as even...
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  23. Actually, I switched gas before the price...

    Posted by talldave, 02-06-19
    Actually, I switched gas before the price reduction was announced. But switching takes so long, the price reduction was announced whilst I was thumb twiddling! At 2.49p per kWh gas, the move is...
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  24. I see PP are tweeting about reducing prices...

    Posted by talldave, 31-05-19
    I see PP are tweeting about reducing prices (plural). But you've only reduced gas - one price. Anything happening on electricity (he asks with finger over the switch button)?
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  25. Good question! I'm afraid we've only had one...

    Posted by talldave, 27-05-19
    Good question! I'm afraid we've only had one power cut since we've been here and I hadn't checked the time before that:-(.
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