Man locks smart meter in cupboard after claiming to spend £40,000 in one day

A man decided to unplug his smart meter and lock it in a cupboard after he told her he had spent £40,000 in a day on electricity. Paul Davies says he contacted EDF about the error after they messaged him saying his bill would have to skyrocket to cover the extra expenses.

And he says he’s been told that smart meters are never wrong. When he turned it back on to check, the meter had registered an additional £25,000 of electricity in one day – and £960 of gas.

Paul was told his bill would go up by £400 to cover the expenses, and when he called EDF they said there was nothing they could do. Paul pleaded his case and was eventually told there was a software problem.

He said: “EDF was considering putting my direct debit up to £400 a month because of these misreadings. I can see what I’m using myself by looking at the app so I knew something was wrong. It went on for a few months but during that time I reset it countless times to try and fix the problem but it kept coming back to the £40,000 figure. As a result, I just threw it in the closet and rely on my own meter readings to keep on top of all my bills.”

Paul said he called EDF to talk about it, but says the attitude of the staff made the situation worse. He said: “Their attitude on the phone was a huge problem. They kept telling me the amount was right and I had to use that much. At one point they told me that a smart meter never be wrong.

“How the hell does one person use £40,000 worth of electricity in a day? It was like my meter was paying for the whole street. It’s only because I kept talking to them that I fixed the problem, otherwise it might have persisted.”

While talking to Grimsby Live, Paul turned on his smart meter to see if the problem persisted. He said: ‘Just got the readings and it says I spent £25,000 on electricity today and £960 on gas.

Paul Davies smart meter said he spends £40,000 a day on electricity (Photo: Paul Davies)

Paul said: “It’s been a nightmare with them and if I hadn’t noticed things could have been much worse. Someone who’s a bit older or maybe sticking their head in the sand when a bill comes in might have had a heart attack, or worse, killed themselves.Everything goes uphill these days, but that’s not what you need.

Grimsby Live has contacted EDF for comment but has not yet received a response.

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