the Population of freed from the costs associated with electricity metering devices. The new meters will install resursnyi for your account, which will allow people to save thousands of rubles. About it reported mass media with reference to the Ministry of energy. Sounds good, but the Department has omitted one important detail. The supplier and the organization on the wave of the current crisis just do not have the “extra” money, so will do anything to shift – at least indirectly – the burden on the same residents. The easiest way to lay your cost of smart meters in the rate of electricity. accordingly, it will be for consumers to rise more rapidly.

the Russians will be free from the costs of installing meters. Each family can save from 5 to 20 thousand rubles, media reported citing the Ministry of energy. From July 1 to set “smart” devices are required of resource providers.

Note that the average value of this counter is 12 thousand rubles. Experts differ in opinion about the innovation. Some believe that such changes will lead to an increase in the cost of electricity for the population, as resursnyi will lay the costs in the tariff. Other experts are convinced that innovations are more pros than cons.

“the Value of the counter is distributed for many years to come and is included in the cost of fares, so much the prices will not grow. In the same way in the indexation of tariffs included the cost of maintenance of new instruments”, — says the General Director of PJSC “City Innovative Technologies” Sergey Minko. According to him, the most important thing that consumers need to know: the new devices that ultimately will save energy. “Across the country this innovation will reduce the amount of unauthorized consumption. As a result, the tariffs need to increase,” he said.

Opposite the position of Director of “national control” Natalya Chernysheva. The expert believes that now companies are quite difficult to install these “smart” meters at their own expense because of decreased collection rate: the companies simply have no money to responsibility. Meanwhile, there is no precise data how much it will cost to install smart meters across the country, but it is clear that it will stand up to the organizations of housing and utilities in a round sum, which they do not..

“In each case the price will be different depending on the number of service consumers, says Chernyshev. Unfortunately, while there is information that the cost of replacement and maintenance of these new “smart” meters will be included in the rate, so eventually they will be imposed on residents”.

in the meantime, energy is not in a hurry to provide accurate information about how much they cost these innovations, so there is a danger that rates will rise again. At the same time, each of the company, which will incur the cost of replacement and maintenance will have to provide precise calculation, which could at least somehow justify the increase in the cost of their services.

“it Remains to hope only that some time after the replacement of meters consumers will feel the savings, since all the new meters are multi-tariff, separated for daytime and a cheaper night — continues to Chernyshev. — If people are going to use electrical appliances, in particular washing machine and dishwasher, on the night rate, possible to try to save 15-20% of current costs.”

However, it is not very clear what are the benefits of meter replacement will be for those who already have installed multi-tariff meters. For such consumers, perhaps the result of changes will only increase the tariff, which they don’t need: people have a significantly reduced income, so many and so hard to pay the bills for utilities.

Experts do not exclude that in connection with the fact that until January 1, 2021 canceled penalties and interest for failure to pay the debt for utilities could further increase. But if consumers will accumulate debt, at the end of the year they can be a very unpleasant situation, when you come back sanctions in form of fines and shutdowns from the resources.

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