Energy smart meters: Great tech or a pain in the neck?

Energy smart meters: Great tech or a pain in the neck?

Over eight million energy smart meters have been rolled out. They automatically send meter readings to your supplier for you, so you don’t have to. Yet many have issues, including the fact that if you switch, they revert to being ‘dumb’ meters. See our Smart Meter guide.

So what’s your opinion? Please select ALL the options that are closest to your view under the relevant category.

Results

I DO have a smart meter (3553 voters)
Good – For tracking/reducing usage 1322 votes (37%)
Good – Saves me doing meter readings 1945 votes (55%)
Good – I like new tech 689 votes (19%)
Good – It’s simple and easy to use 1094 votes (31%)
Bad – It's messed my bills up 388 votes (11%)
Bad – I’ve had installation/service problems 866 votes (24%)
Bad – I worry about data privacy/security 285 votes (8%)
Bad – I don’t understand/trust it 376 votes (11%)
Bad – I felt pressured into having one 381 votes (11%)
Bad – It has put me off switching 501 votes (14%)
I DON’T have a smart meter (7314 voters)
I want one but can’t get one 638 votes (9%)
I want one but don’t know how to get one 162 votes (2%)
I want one but have never got round to it 230 votes (3%)
I’m waiting until they’re fully switchable 2066 votes (28%)
I’ve never really heard of them 41 votes (1%)
I’m renting so it's not my decision 127 votes (2%)
I don’t want one – Due to privacy/security 1843 votes (25%)
I don’t want one – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it 2395 votes (33%)
I don’t want one – Too much bad press 1633 votes (22%)
I don’t want one – I worry about health impact of tech 469 votes (6%)

           10,866 people have voted.

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.