By Sam Meadows in The Telegraph.
Energy firms last year installed almost five million smart meters vulnerable to “going dumb” ahead of a looming deadline to switch to updated devices, figures reveal.
Latest government statistics on installations of the meters, which aim to help households control energy usage by displaying real-time costs in pounds and pence, show that suppliers installed 4.7million in 2018, up 150,000 from the previous year.
The overwhelming majority were first-generation models, of which more than half lose their smart functions, or “go dumb”, when switching supplier.
A deadline of March 15 was set for energy firms to move to installing secondgeneration meters, which are capable of retaining their functions after a change of supplier.
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