“Big six” energy supplier stirs up controversy with new “incentives” for smart meter rollout
One of the UK’s “big six” energy suppliers has stirred up controversy by planning to offer “incentives” in the form of cheaper deals for customers who decide to have a smart meter installed, an investigation has revealed.
The move by E.ON, which has nearly 5 million customers, the vast majority of which do not yet have a smart meter, is being described as a “ploy” to get more people to accept the new-style meters.
The research revealed that, as of next year, E.ON customers who accept to have smart meters installed will no longer pay its so-called “standard variable tariff”, which is the default option they are moved onto when they have finished a fixed deal. This will be replaced with a one-year fixed deal which the company promises will be a cheaper option
The has drawn criticism both from customers – many of whom doubt the new technology – and consumer groups, who argue that lower tariffs should be unconditional. It comes as the Government’s smart meter roll-out is in chaos as a number of Big Six energy firms have admitted that more than half of households are not accepting them.
Home owners who reject smart meters have a variety of reasons to do so, some of the most important ones being that they don’t trust the energy companies enough to provide them full access to their usage data. In fact, while most customers admit that monitoring energy use is extremely useful for cutting down energy bills, they’re also worried that energy companies could actually alter their plans based on specific user data, hence in effect pushing up prices for those times of the day when energy is actually used.
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