I’ve recently moved into a new home, where there are currently dumb old electricity and gas meters installed. I’ve been thinking about getting a smart meter but none of the UK electricity companies that I called were able to tell me if they can install one, and what model of IHD. They all say “You have to be a customer first for 6 weeks, then we can tell you whether you are eligible for a smart meter”. That’s so dumb!
Now from further talks with some of their customer services it seems like SMETS2 meters are probably available in my area and the likelyhood of me getting one is quite high. I also found one or two companies which are apparently rolling out Chamaeleon IHD-6, which is one of the latest ones and the one that I’d like to get.
However one thing holding me back from signing up with one of them, is that I also don’t like yet another device in the house that communicates via radio waves, in particular if it’s a mobile/3G connection (apparently in the north of UK, where I am, they use a mesh network, and only in the south they use 3G - but some of the provider’s customer service told me they use 3G - probably they don’t know what they’re talking about). Also I like to have access to the data (which those companies don’t fully give you, or not at all), and also I would not mind to keep the data private (i.e. inside the house, not sharing it with supplier and all the companies they partner with).
So it occurred to me - can’t I just buy and install my own smart meter with IHD and install it after, behind the dumb meter from the supplier? Would I be allowed to do the same for the gas meter and “link” them together, like the electricity companies do?
Also, then I found this website - which seems to be a great DIY solution. However I’m no electrician and I don’t want to assemble things myself - I want to buy and use something “ready”. I don’t mind having to pay an electrician to install it. Perhaps OpenEnergyMonitor is not the “ready-made” solution that I’d like, or is it?
And OpenEnergyMonitor does not have a solution for gas, does it?
I am also thinking that if I am to get my own smart meter (if possible) or OpenEnergyMonitor solution, at some point within the next two years, the UK energy company will probably come knocking at my door to install their smart meter, as they have government quotas to fulfill and eventually every property has to have a smart meter. Then I’d have two monitoring solutions, which would be pointless, and it also means I’m getting connected to the 3G or Mesh network sooner or later anyway.
Any thoughts and input would be much appreciated. Thank you very much!