what is ‘smart’ metering?
- The next generation of gas and electricity meters, to replace existing ‘dumb’ meters
- They send information direct to the supplier using new communications technology
- They record how much energy the household has used and when
- The energy usage will be displayed in cost (£/p) as well as units (kW/kWh)
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- An In-Home Display (IHD) simplifies the data
- Real-time, accurate information on energy usage and cost
- Helps save money and carbon emissions
- Visibility of exported energy (for solar panels etc.)
- Faster support on issues
- Can easily switch tariff or between pay-as-you-go and direct debit functions
- No need to read meters
- More accurate data
- No more estimated bills
- Fewer incoming enquiries
- All customers are to be offered smart meters, with every home within Great Britain expected to have a smart meter installed by 2020.
- There is no up-front cost to the householder/property owner for a smart meter to be installed, as the costs will be recouped through energy bills over time.
- Around 3.5 million SMETS 1 smart meters have already been installed throughout the UK as part of the "Foundation" phase of smart meter installation.
- Work has been completed to develop a SMETS 2 meter. Roll out of these meters is expected to start in 2018.