People who are hoping to get cheap energy as a result of having a smart meter installed on their property may be interested in a call from one consumer group for the programme to be rethought.
The government has set a target of having the equipment fitted to every home and business in the UK in order to provide better information about energy use, but Which? has warned the project may be heading for trouble.
It stated plans for the rollout of the technology are flawed and could end up undermining consumer confidence and costing far more than the original estimate, as there is no-one to monitor how money is being spent.
Therefore, the group called on the Department of Energy and Climate Change to halt the scheme while a comprehensive review of the strategy is carried out.
Executive director of Which? Richard Lloyd said: "The government must not write a blank cheque on behalf of every energy customer, especially at a time when millions of people are struggling to pay their bills."
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