I seem to recall at least one electrician forum member who has in the past posted electrical advice, and would be grateful if that person or anyone else with the appropriate qualifications could give me some info on the following:
I intend to change the running of all the equipment asssociated with swimming pool from Tariff 11 (full rate) to Tariff 33 (about half the cost) and have been assured by my local electricity supplier (Ergon) that will only mean power will be unavailable between the hours of 5 p.m and 9pm which is fine for my purposes. This adviser has told me to get an electrician to "put in a wire for a new meter" and tell the electrician its purpose. Then get back to the supplier and they will install the meter and do the switch over. Sounds very straightforward.
Phoned an electrician today who said I would have to get a whole new meter box (have looked at the existing one and there's plenty of room for a third meter) and the whole job would cost about $400. Doesn't sound very realistic or reasonable to me and I suspect he could be playing on my ignorance. The Ergon adviser indicated it would be a fairly simple matter to add a third meter in my existing meter box.
If anyone can give me some indication of how complicated or otherwise this job is and a rough idea of the cost, I'd be really grateful.