for our electricity has been fitted as part of the roll out of the devices by our provider. The man was here for about an hour, and was a little concerned about the lack of phone signal as we are in a dip. They apparently use EE but here in the dip, only Vodaphone works really well, followed by O2.
However after being switched off for about 15 minutes to connect wires, he tested it and it seemed to work. At the end of the day, we are used to sending in our readings to them, so if we have to resort to that, its no big deal.
The first few days, we kept checking it to see how much each appliance uses. We had already worked out that the cooker, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer would take the most, and were correct. However, the tumble dryer only gets used once a week to half dry the towels (keeping them soft), then they go out on the line or on a clothes airer inside to finish off.
All the above mentioned appliances use alot to begin with but after that, switch on and off constantly, which helps lower the cost.