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2nd Jun 2012, 01:36 PM
Hi guys, I am in the process of fitting a new meter board, at the moment there is a 3 phase smart meter, but, integral energy (or whatever the call themselves this week) tell me because it is a new meter board I will have to buy new meters, not only that but it must be three single phase meters.
Of course ther is not enough room left for three meters as there has only ever been a 3 phase meter.
I quite liked the smart meter, good for checking consumption and lots if other stuff, and now the meter readers will have to put me back on their list!
Is there any logical reason for this or are these people just plain crazy?
Really makes me wonder.
2nd Jun 2012, 02:27 PM
Not sure what they are telling you or why - I'd be getting more info. A 3-phase digital smart meter does everything that 3 individual meters might do - it allows reading from each phase so why they would insisting on taking you backwards who knows? If you are fitting a new box (not just replacing the old board) then I understand it has to be min ~600mmx~600mm so can't see why 3 meters wouldn't fit - but I can't understand why they would be demanding you do that. Are you sure it is a digital smart meter? Sounds to me like you might be misunderstanding either what you have or what they are telling you (or both!).
3rd Jun 2012, 08:17 AM
I have both single & three phase on the same smart meter.
3rd Jun 2012, 02:26 PM
Yeah, the meters wouldn't be very "smart" if they didn't handle three phase :?
4th Jun 2012, 10:55 AM
Well I got an answer back from Integral, seems the smart meters were only a trial (which obviously failed)
As for the single phase meters, they can put a 3 phase meter back, BUT, guess what, they want 150 bucks
Smart meters schmart meters, even although they could read the meter remotely it is still read by a
meter reader for billing purposes.
By the way, the reason I could not fit 3 single phase meters was I used the same layout as the original
board, so I can either redo the board to make them fit or pay $150 for a new meter..........bad enough
that they put rates up all the time but to also charge for the meter is not on.
I've half a mind just to leave the old board with its porcelain fuses and asbestos panel and bugger them!
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