A new study published in Energy Research & Social Science has shown that families with children are among the most vulnerable to “Time of Use”  (TOU) electricity tariffs that can be imposed on consumers after the installation of a smart meter.

A good report on how TOU tariffs (which may lead to electricity cost twice as much at peak times as it does at off peak times, and can therefore lead to significantly higher bills with no change in electricity use) can be read at the website Smart Grid Awareness.

Families Punished by ‘Smart’ Meters and TOU Rates, Recent Study Confirms

You may also be interested to rad the link below for more information on TOU pricing as it relates to NZ.


What is Time of Use (Tou) Pricing and how could it affect you?


Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true.  (There is more information about this issue at this link )  If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link


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