Nearly half of households (47%) don’t want a smart meter, the results of Moneywise.co.uk’s most recent poll reveals.
When asked: “Would you get a smart meter?” Of the 1,552 people who voted, 47% said they don’t have a smart meter and don’t want one.
A further two in 10 (22%) said that they don’t have a smart meter at present and they’re not sure yet if they want one, while 7% said they do have a smart meter but they’re unhappy with it.
The findings may come as no surprise given the smart meter rollout has been fraught with issues.
Smart meters are the energy gadget being offered and installed in every household that wants one across England, Scotland and Wales by 2020.
By the end of the programme, which began in 2016, around 53 million smart meters will be fitted in over 30 million premises, according to the government – which is spearheading the scheme.
The idea behind them is that they should make energy bills far more accurate than at present where they are estimated.
But Moneywise has reported how households have been pressured into getting smart meters, while those who do want one may suffer delays, with one energy firm going as far as to say firms “don’t have a prayer” of meeting the 2020 installation deadline.
Other issues include the fact that some first-generation smart meters – known as SMETS1 meters – temporarily lose functionality when you switch to certain providers, and as of 1 February, only 80 SMET2 meters – which don’t lose functionality when switching – have been installed.
Moneywise reader Hesperus comments on the poll: “I was interested initially until I found out that if I changed suppliers the functionality was lost. That wrecked the idea for me. Version 2 may offer the ability to use meters with different suppliers but I will wait and see.”
However, at the other end of the scale, our poll does reveal that over one in 10 (13%) who already have a smart meter are happy with it, and a further 10% who won’t have one are planning to get one.
See the full poll results in the pie chart below.