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Revealed: Four million smart meters in Britain aren’t working properly – up 50% in six months as customers report paying too much or too little to supplier

Nearly four million smart meters in Britain were not working properly by the end of last year – a rise of nearly 50 per cent in just six months, official data revealed today.

Some 3.98million of the devices found in homes across the UK were not operating in smart mode as of December 2023 – up 47.4 per cent from 2.7million in June 2023.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (Desnez) figures were revealed as customers continue to report how faulty meters have left them with huge bills.

The devices, which the Government launched in 2011, record gas and electricity usage, display the costs in real time and remotely send readings to suppliers.

But customers often have to rely on estimated bills if they lose connection, which are meant to be corrected once the supplier has received further manual readings.

While suppliers are obliged to replace faulty meters, some customers have either paid too much and struggled to get it back, or too little and gone into debt.

Smart Energy GB, a non-profit organisation which promotes smart meters, said there were now nearly 35million of the devices in the country.

It added that 88.6 per cent of them were operating in smart mode at the end of last year, which was up 1.3 percentage points from 87.3 per cent the previous year.

The group also pointed out that the sharp increase in the number of meters not operating in smart mode was due to a data reporting error which has been rectified in the latest Government figures.

It added that the trend in the proportion of meters operating with full smart functionality ‘continued to improve between 2022 and 2023’.

A Smart Energy GB spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We know that most people have a very positive experience with their smart meter, but we also understand the frustration felt by some whose meter may be temporarily operating without all of its smart feature

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