To AGL: the information about digital meters states "Where we exchange your existing meter for a digital meter, you won’t have to pay for any upfront standard installation costs.", please advise what other (1) costs, or (2) savings will apply if a customer chooses to go ahead.
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The main benefits of a Smart meter are:
However AGL could make better use of your data and present you with actual data. Currently, they show you your daily usage rather than your actual usage as per your billing.
As to additional charges for installing the meter, there should be none.
However, you could find that your meter box is not up to the current regulations and you may be required to pay for these modifications, some times even before the new meter is installed.
Thanks Neil. That's an interesting start.
However, it does not answer my questions.
1. You've kindly described some purported benefits in general terms. My question was: "...what ... savings will apply...?". I don't know, from your reply, what savings, if any, will apply. For example: will my standing charge reduce because I'm not a customer whose house requires a visit to have a meter read? Will I enjoy a credit due to simplified billing? In each case, if so, how much? There must be an answer (even if it is "No"): there's no way AGL would have proceeded this far without an answer to this sort of question.
2. As regards costs, from your reply, I take it that I should not expect to pay any up front costs unless I have an unusual installation. However, I still don't have an answer to whether I will be charged the actual cost of the meter over time, for example. Or, through a higher standing charge, for example. Do you know if customers who choose to go with the digital meter will pay for it somehow (i.e. just not up front)? Again, AGL must have a position on this: it's inconceivable that they wouldn't.
Is this within your knowledge? Or can you refer me on?
There is no cost, either initially or ongoing.
Other than the benefits I listed there are no COST benefits.
The choice is yours to go for the new meter, if you do not take the new meter you can only be on a fixed rate.
Compare your fixed rate with other plans, however generally you will be paying more than need too because on a fixed rate no one knows what time of the day you use your power.
So other than what I have stated, I cannot answer your questions, nor do I believe can anyone else.
Your answers therefore would be:
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