Can I get my smart meter removed?

There is no obligation to have a smart meter installed and it is up to the consumer whether they agree to have one or not. But even if you’ve said you don’t want a meter fitted, what happens if you move into a property which has one already?

Don’t put up with sky-high energy bills, join the This is Money and MailOnline Winter Collective Switch to use people power to demand a cheaper deal direct from suppliers themselves

Scottish Power broke in and changed our locks over bill

James Mant, 44, and Victoria Parsons, 41, have filed a claim against Scottish Power after a year-long struggle following the break-in at their home in Whiteley, Hampshire. The company installed a prepaid gas meter during the break-in — even though it hadn’t supplied gas to the home since 2015 and the unpaid bill related to electricity usage. Scottish Power has apologised for the distress and says it made a ‘genuine error’.

Here are the different ways that you can help charities

Charities constantly need our financial help. As a nation we give £10 billion a year to them – £190 for every adult in Britain. Despite this generosity, helping charities is not just about money. Toby Walne looks at the other ways that we can help that doesn't necessarily involve running a marathon or jumping out of a plane. Jade Sexton (pictured) donates unwanted shoes to a local hospice.

People who fail to regularly check their phone bills could not only be paying to receive nuisance texts – but may well have paid hundreds of pounds over several years without realising.

The costly drive to force millions of homes across Britain to have smart meters will be reviewed by the National Audit Office, it has revealed today.

Broadband roundup: The best and cheapest deals

Broadband might be a modern-day necessity, but it doesn't have to break the bank. With so much competition there is no excuse to stay with a provider charging you over the odds or offering patchy service or slow speeds.

How to be a competition winner!You could even win holidays

Competitions can be a financial winner, providing a great way to pay for expensive luxuries in life you might otherwise not be able to afford. Those who master the art of quizzes and prize draws will enjoy a share of the £300 million worth of prizes given away every year in Britain. There is no need for it to take over your life if you are shrewd about which competitions you enter.

We reveal our money-related wishes for the year ahead - while coming clean on how we fared with our 2017 resolutions. Toby Warne plans to do up his vintage car and sell it next year (pictured).

Running a fridge freezer costs around seven per cent of your total energy bill, because it's one of the few appliances that you have to keep on the whole time. Here's how to cut costs.

Household energy bills soar by £200 in just a year

Average energy bills have risen by £200 over the year, research shows. Households are now paying on average £1,625 for gas and electricity, according to price comparison website Compare the Market. That is an increase of 17 per cent on the 2016 figure of £1,383.

The cold winter nights provide an ideal excuse to curl up on the sofa and enjoy some TV. But now, thanks to a major viewing revolution, you can dramatically cut the cost of watching most shows.

Ten-point guide to beating the rising cost of rail travel

Rail passengers in the UK face the biggest spike in prices for five years. From the start of 2018, prices will increase by an average 3.4 per cent with 'regulated' fares - including season tickets - rising by 3.6 per cent. But there are ways you can fight back and our ten-point guide to help you beat ever-increasing rail fares is a good place to start.

Energy firms have criticised government plans to introduce a price cap on gas and electricity bills.Experts believe customers overpaid for energy by £1.4 billion last year.

Research shows retailers pocket up to £300 million a year from cards that customers fail to spend before they become worthless, as expiry dates kick in. We reveal how long they last.

Only 20% of buildings policies cover heating breakdown

With the mercury plummeting, it would be very bad timing for your boiler to keel over. Especially when only a fifth of buildings insurance policies cover home emergencies such as heating breakdown as standard.

The tricks to saving hundreds on a new iPhone X contract

Apple fans can now get their hands on the new iPhone X handset - the most expensive handset ever launched by the tech giant. But with prices starting at £999 for a 64GB model they don't come cheap. So making sure you get the best deal is even more important if you are planning on making the investment.

Energy price tariffs are in a constant merry-go-round with suppliers constantly battling to pinch customers from each other. We show you how to win.

We’ve started turning it on already because our house is quite cold but I’m worried it’s going to leave us with a big energy bill.

How to switch energy providers and get a cheaper deal

With an avalanche of price rises from the 'big six' energy providers, now is the time to review your energy tariff and consider locking in to a best-buy fixed-rate tariff before energy companies pull them from the market.

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How much does my electric heater cost to run?

How much does our electric heater cost to run? It's getting chillier and it is time to turn it on but I'm worried I'm running up large energy bills by having one. We explain why electric heaters tend to be one of the most expensive ways to keep warm - and how you can cut your costs if you need to use one.

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