Water, electricity, gas etc.
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I can't say that was my experience. Mine has made me more conscious of how much electricity I use. My bills have fallen dramatically and because I can keep track online, more often than not the bill is paid before the paper version arrive.
On the other hand, I wouldn't recommend a Linky to a conspiracy theorist.
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Technical background information. It looks like the measuring behaviour of LINKY is okay. General problem: about 5% of the happy new owners have to switch to a higher puissance souscrite, because of nuisance triggering of the sharp electronic current/power limiting capabilities of this smart meter, less friendly than your old main switch (disjoncteur de branchement) used to be.
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Our old meter dated from 2005 and it was changed for a Linky last week. The job took about less than ten minutes. The only curious thing was the technician insisted that all electronic devices had to be unplugged. Can't see how fitting the meter would differ from a usual main circuit overload break but maybe that was to guard them against any false claims for damage.
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There is no justification for that statement unless your old meter was under-reading in which case you should be happy, even if that were the case you cannot say that it will be the same for all meters of that period or double for all meters of a completely different period.
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When I was working in electricity distribution years ago ,meters were changed on a regular basis (Can't remember how long they were in service before being changed) So it came as a shock when our old 3 phase meter in France was changed 10 years ago to find it was a 1935 model. The new one didn't last long before it was changed to a Linky - no problems with it.