Letter: Who needs a smart meter?

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Sir,

Shock! Horror! The £11 billion project to switch to so-called Smart Meters, which will cost every household £420 has been found wanting. Just think what £11 billion would do for other services such as the NHS.

Governments, from Margaret Thatcher onward, have shot themselves in the foot in privatising the power industry.

It beggars belief that the government advises us to change energy companies to save on bills when these meters are not even compatible between the various energy companies.

Previous secretaries of state for energy and climate change such as Chris Huhne, Edward Davey and Amber Rudd have a lot to answer.

Surely even the most neuron challenged person will recognise that it is far cheaper to power a five watt LED bulb than say, a 3,000 watt electric fire?

For the same period of use as the electric fire you could power 600 LED lamp bulbs for the same cost – it’s not rocket science, so who needs a Smart Meter?

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Smart Meters not only lend themselves to imaginative and exploitive billing, but worryingly will have the potential to isolate a customer or group of customers from a remote computer – currently disconnection requires a visit by an engineer.

They say every cloud has a silver lining and in this case the lucky bunnies are the exploitive power companies, as they simply pass on the cost to the hapless customer – heads they win, tails we lose – like taking candy off a baby.

Dave Haskell,

Cardigan.