Linky counter: a very chilling surprise for all French people!

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The famous green and white EDF meter which is causing a lot of controversy, the Linky meter, again in full torment, here are the details.

Enedis, the company in charge of its deployment, intends to make them change their minds. The People Act Magazine team invites you to discover the provisions that will soon come into force. We also come back to the controversy around the box, and to the basis of his fears.

The Linky meter: a case that sows discord

The Linky counter, that famous little lime-coloured box, created quite an unexpected but very important controversy. As a reminder, this is a new generation connected meter that replaces our old archaic electricity meters. The Enedis company has been commissioned by the government to replace all the old boxes since 2016. Their objective was to achieve an installation rate of 90% of Linky meters by the end of 2021, which has been achieved.

Linky counter

On paper, this new generation case has it all. Its installation is free, and it greatly facilitates the reading of energy consumption. So why so much discord? If it is difficult to find the origin of the problem, one thing is certain, it is on the Internet that everything started.

The Linky counter arrived at a time when social networks were fully accepted and infiltrated by older generations, also called baby boomers. The latter are traditionally fearful of technological advances. However, it is thanks to new communication technologies that they have managed to brainwash themselves, by demonizing the lime box.

Linky was accused of everything and its opposite. The charlatans have joined in, citing harmful energies, health risks, and a host of symptoms for which they obviously have the cures. The French began to refuse the installation of this box, and even to burn them!

Are these fears justified?

First of all, the People Act Magazine team would like to reassure you. Linky meters are not evil devices. Of course, they are not perfect, but the fears they arouse are greatly exaggerated.

These devices accurately collect data on your electricity consumption, and transmit it via Power Line Communication, or PLC. This is a technology that is not really revolutionary, but has proven itself. This same technology is found in our television decoders.

Its electromagnetic radiation is therefore minimal. Linky cannot be wrong about your consumption. And it is not possible to falsify the results.

It should also be noted that the case has no microphone or camera. Which in itself would be useless, since you already have smartphones on you all day.

Another important advantage, this smart box can detect an electrical fault on your line, and cut it remotely. Maintenance and repair operations can be carried out remotely, which has proven very useful during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The only negative points are the obligation to carry out any operation related to the Linky meter online, which can be complicated for seniors. In addition, these boxes are not compatible with Tempo and EJP standby systems. However, we hope that alternatives will be found in the future.

Linky: Enedis makes a decision regarding unequipped customers.

Despite the controversy, the deployment of Linky meters by Enedis was a great success. However, there are still nearly four million EDF customers who persist in not wanting it at home. This poses a problem for the installer, who is obliged to send technicians on site. However, they found a parade.


Thus, those refractory to the Linky meter will now have to put their hands in their pockets if they still want to use their old meter. Enedis will bill them 8.30 euros every two months, starting January 1, 2023. This billing will be reassessed in 2025, if there are still customers who do not use this box.

This penalty is not very high, but it still represents around €50 per year for households that are not connected. At the current price of energy, there is food for thought. So, if you don’t yet have your Linky box, the People Act Magazine team advises you to strongly consider installing it before the end of 2022 if you want to avoid unnecessary costs on your electricity bill… .

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