Lined up in front of our building and the two associated buildings next door were many vans, perhaps a dozen, with many sparkies (electricians) in attendance. During the morning, a very pleasant young man knocked at the door. Sorry, your electric will be off for an hour.
Oh well, I was prepared for it but an hour without the internet? I will die. I will use the charged up notebook computer. Hmmmm, no. The modem needs the electric. Ok, I will use my phone as the modem, so I did.
An hour later the world righted itself and the Highrise sprang back into life, with only two clocks needing their time corrected.
We now have a smart meter, which does nothing that our old meter did not do for us already. It simply measures the electricity usage, for now. In the future they will be used to rip even more dollars from our pockets for electricity.
As far as I know, within a day, nearly four hundred smart meters had been installed in our and the two adjacent buildings. Impressive! Who's paying for that? Oh, we are, in our electric bills.