I want to change my energy tariff with my supplier (one of the big ones) as my existing one ends this month. What surprised me was that they wanted the meter readings when I have a "smart meter". When I queried this I was told that they do not have the technology installed for smart meters. Can this be true.
I think that Companies, who make use of an inaccurate description to promote their product should be required either, to remove that description or, if it is the "registered" name of that product, then a rider should accompany every mention of the name, qualifying the name.
I know that a good few products would be caught with such legislation, but fewer people would be enticed into buying products whose name suggests something other than they are.
I assume that once communication is lost with the original supplying company, the smart meter won't know the new tariff. You might be able to see the consumption in kilowatts or whatever, but will have to work out the cost yourself.
Do many people actually look at the usage on the smart meter. I just use the energy and pay the bill. I don't waste energy, but I can't be bothered to look at it!
I think the ultimate aim is to introduce complex tariffs to change our lifestyles and even out energy usage for the generating companies. You may get a reduced rate for cooking dinner earlier or later for example and they may penalise you for putting the kettle on during advert breaks!