Martin Lewis Clarifies Facebook Shared Energy Meter ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Martin Lewis has clarified an energy bill conspiracy theory making its way across social media, debunking them entirely.
The money-saving expert answered questions from the public on Good Morning Britain about concerns over the cost of living and the energy crisis. He also responded via his Twitter page.
He recently busted a theory that removing gas and electric meters from your home means you won’t be charged for the energy you use. Quickly shutting down the rumour, he said: ‘There is a conspiracy theory suggestion that I keep getting asked about that energy charges are ‘for having a meter’ and not for fuel consumption.
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“Therefore, ‘remove the meter and you use energy for free.’ This is just nonsense. You pay for the units of fuel you use and a permanent charge.” One of his followers quickly added to the discussion, “When I first got a smart meter it didn’t report gas usage for 6 months.
“I switched last September and again it hasn’t reported use for another 6 months. It’s annoying because you have no idea how much you’re using unless you can be bothered to do it manually yourself.”
A second replied: ‘Sorry to say, but, yes, you can take the meter off and have free gas and electricity, but obviously that’s illegal and very dangerous’, while another of the followers de Martin asked for clarification on another energy-related post they’d seen making the rounds. They tweeted: “Is there any truth to the suggestion that energy companies are using data collected from smart meters to set up a system to charge more during peak times?
“I saw this reported by a number of media outlets. I was just wondering if it was just scaremongering.”
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