The husband and I have been unusually compliant in having our old electric and gas meters replaced with a smart meter. You would have expected us to be part of the awkward squad on this one, but in fact when the letter from the energy company came, urging us to do this we rather meekly signed up to it.
A smart meter, for those who dont know, is a way of transmitting your energy use directly back to the company without the need for anyone to come to actually read the meter in your cupboard. (How many meter readers this will make redundant, I dont know. But when, with a flicker of subversion, I asked the last man to knock on the door before the smart installation if he was anxious, he replied rather brightly that the new meters were likely to break down so often that he wasnt honestly very concerned.)
The advantage for the consumer is supposed to be that you get a little screen (ours looks like the one above) that tells you exactly how much energy you are using at any moment, or any day, or week... The idea is that when you see how much your tumble dryer is actually costing, you wont use it so much. You'll save money -- and the planet at the same time. How green is that?
Well according to some things I've now been reading, not very green at all.