I've failed to understand why the Utility company (and also me) needs to know hour by hour how much I've used. At present, if I really want to know, all I have to do is look at the meter.
I understand that it means I'll get 'more accurate bills' but that negates the advantage of spreading annual payments over 12 equal monthly DD payments. Now it'll go back to big bills in winter followed by smaller ones in warmer months, similar to how it used to be before, when we were on quarterly reads and billing.
I understand that it means I'll get 'more accurate bills'
I already get very accurate bills. I take the readings myself and submit them online. I read my Gas meter this week in response to BG request and found that when I went to submit my reading they had already done an estimated reading for some reason which was over 100 units higher than the actual reading. Fortunately my reading superceded theirs.
No, the house is on single phase but as I live down a sloping lane I have a small "pumping station" with a 3 phase submersed pump to pump sewage to the main sewer about 12ft higher and 1oo yards away through a pipe with non return valves. My electricity bill is not too bad.
It seems that the meters aren't smart enough to be used by another supplier if you happen to switch as my son found out recently. A bit like the early days of computing where every machine could only use software and hardware specific to that machine.