Sunday 10 December 2023

Leave me alone.

 My dear friend British Gas keep sending me a little note now and again, just to remind me about how much they care for me. I've got quite a collection, which I share with you here. 

May 4th 2023.

22 comments:

  1. Surprisingly, British Gas seem to have taken on board that we don't want a smart meter, and claim to have marked our account accordingly. At least, we no longer get the calls and letter asking us to switch.

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    1. I could have deleted these one by one as they arrived, but I thought it would be fun to put them into a blog post. They are deleted now, so let's see if any more arrive. Is that the end of it. At what point do they give up.

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    2. You are so right, it was great fun to see them all.
      Annie from Doncaster

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  2. Hi Ilona its Mary from Birmingham , you do cheer me up its nice to know thatyou are still giving them a run for your money xxx

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  3. Last year I was feeling apprehensive about approaching retirement age. Then I found your channel, then your blog. Your spirit and wit are invigorating. You have changed the way I view the world by making me open my eyes. Thank you very much!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I thought I would never stop lorry driving. As long as I could get in the cab, I would carry on. But when I hit 60 I knew I'd had enough. The job was no longer fun with all the new rules and legislation coming in. The freedom of the road was long gone, I was becoming a robot. On my 60th birthday I rejoiced. Now I could get on with the rest of my life.

      Keep your eyes and ears open, there is still a lot to learn. New adventures, new experiences, and lots of new opportunities. Wake up each morning and live your best life.

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  4. Ovo continually bombard us too - I wonder when they will the get the message. This week they even offered us £100 credit to have a smart meter fitted, but I know of people who have been diddled by their so called smart meters.

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    1. So they are using bribery now. They really are desperate to get people sucked in. Remember, they say it's for your benefit to have one. They lie, it's for their benefit, they need as much personal data as they can get. Data is gold to them, they can sell it on and make money from it.

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  5. I’d avoid having a smart meter. We had one installed about five years ago after being told our old meter had reached the end of its life. Can’t remember how we got sucked in but I think it was a case of us both working lots of hours and not spending time looking into what we were signing up for. Gas cooker got condemned when the installers came as they found a very minor fault on the hob. Had a right hazzle trying to get a new cooker in the run up to Christmas. Now the smart meter isn’t sending out readings so guess what - another visit from eeon in the pipeline. I’m not happy.

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    1. I don't blame you for not being happy. The lesson is, don't let them into your house.

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  6. We are smart meter refuseniks too. I was beginning to wonder if we were still right to hold out, but when my mother died last year I discovered that one of her meters had stopped sending readings and the other was totally dead. Both were less than a year old and she had agreed to have them installed to make life a little bit easier for her in her final months. I think 'smart' meters are anything but!

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    1. I say, if your old meters work why go to the trouble of changing them.

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  7. You stick to paper, Ilona, and don’t believe their lies.
    DH went to online, and now we have no record of bills before 2022. Their estimated annual usage was much too high.
    The smart meter stopped sending readings, and who designed one that we have to empty the pantry and lie on the floor to read?
    We are in our seventies!

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    1. Sounds like a bit of a nightmare Nellie. My electric meter is halfway up the wall in the living room. The previous owner had a special cupboard made with a false back, to cover it up. They kindly left it for me.

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  8. I went paperless with an online bank. I then had to show my ID at another bank in the form of a paper bank statement that was less than 3 months old and I couldn't because I had gone paperless!

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    1. Sounds like the system is not working very well. I only deal with one bank so I'm ok there. I keep my statements/bills for a couple of years, then have a sort out and shred the older ones. It's interesting to compare year on year, are things costing more, or less.

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  9. OMG, they're bloody relentless robots trying to entrap us with their controlling smart bollox. Well done, Ilona, for standing firm.

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  10. I've had all this too. Plus if I ever ring them up about anything the conversation is always concluded by them pestering me to have a smart meter. No thanks!

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    1. It's not the law to have a smart meter. Stick with it. Your choice.

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    2. Probably will be soon - then it'll be - charge you more for the hours of actual use.

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