I’m Starting to Think the ‘Smart’ in ‘Smart Meter’ Is About How Utilities and the Cult Can Screw You Over

by BEEGE WELBORN at  hotair.com

Our Ebola just landed in England for a tour after a couple of years in Germany. His first few days have been the usual tumult of Air Force ineptitude coupled with adapting to another completely different country. As I’ve been knee-deep in England’s self-induced energy challenges for going on a couple of years now, and the kiddo has to start house hunting this weekend, I’ve been kind of worried about what it’s going to cost him to stay warm next winter. At least in Germany he had one of those uber-efficient and relatively affordable wood-burning stacks that will heat the whole house.

“Relatively affordable” utilities are going to be a challenge with everything the British are forcing their citizens into.

This is particularly true when it seems there are serious glitches in the monitoring systems for all their various heating and electrical schemes and little recourse if the equipment is busted. 

Man, I hated sending this to him yesterday but forewarned is forearmed, and at least he’ll know what to watch out for.

An 87-year-old woman lived in an “icy cold” home all winter because she was so afraid of high bills caused by a suspected faulty smart meter.

Diana Bowen resorted to living in one small room within the house, with a portable heater and electric blanket in order to keep warm.

Despite this, she continued to pay the gas bills of hundreds of pounds a month for her home in Llangynwyd, near Bridgend, because she was “scared” of the consequences.

Her supplier Octopus Energy said Mrs Bowen’s old and new meters “have been working correctly” and her energy usage was in line with previous years, but it had now replaced her old meter and cleared her remaining debt.

The poor lady first noticed that things weren’t necessarily in synch when her June gas bill hit £600. Of course, she called the company who assured her the smart meter was smart enough to be working correctly, but if she insisted, they’d send someone out to check.

The thing is that it would be an extra £200 charge if the meter was working properly and the company had wasted their time on a service call.

Well, she’s already out a small fortune, looking at another potential ding and said “Forget it.”