Are you looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption, control how much you spend on your bills and reduce your emissions? Smart meters put you in control of your energy usage, giving the ability to live both sustainably and economically.
But what are smart meters? And how do you get the best results from them? Read our Q&A to find out.
What are smart meters?
Smart meters are the ‘next generation’ of gas and electricity meters:
How do smart meters work?
Smart meters work by communicating directly with your energy supplier using wireless technology. They let you and your supplier know exactly how much energy you’re using at any given point.
How do I get a smart meter?
If you haven’t got one already, don’t worry. The government plan is for every home to have a smart meter by 2020.
Your energy supplier will install your meter for you. In fact, some of the bigger companies have already begun the process. However, there’s no obligation for you to have a meter if you don’t want one.
How much do smart meters cost?
Your energy supplier will install your smart meter for free. As with the current system, you’ll pay for your meter and any maintenance it requires as part of your energy bill.
What are the benefits of smart meters?
Smart meters help you live more sustainably, and save money on your energy:
How do I use my smart meter to reduce energy consumption?
Your new smart meter won’t lower your bills or make you more sustainable automatically. However, it gives you the tools you need to achieve both.
Are you looking for other ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Read our homeowners’ guide to green incentives.