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Do I have to have a smart meter?

Smart meters are being installed in homes across England, Scotland and Wales. They are replacing the traditional meters in your home. Your energy supplier may have been in touch to offer you a smart meter. If you’re wondering, “do you have to have a smart meter?” and want to understand what’s required of you by law, you’re in the right place.

There are many benefits to having a smart meter. For example, smart meters can help you take control of your energy bills. They also have environmental and infrastructure benefits. But if you’re not sure, read on to find out if you have to have a smart meter.

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Definition: If something is mandatory or compulsory, that means that it is required by a law or rule.

Are smart meters compulsory: do you have to have a smart meter by law?

No, smart meters are not compulsory. This means it's entirely your choice whether you get a smart meter. You will be offered a smart meter by your energy supplier before the end of the smart meter rollout, but it’s up to you whether you accept one.

The government requires energy suppliers to offer smart meters to all homes and small businesses across Great Britain by the end of 2025. But whether you get a smart meter is completely up to you.

We recommend that you consider getting a smart meter for a variety of reasons. Smart meters and the accompanying in-home display could help you stay in control of your energy bills. They’re also helping to upgrade Britain's energy system.

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If my supplier says I have to have one, is it compulsory to have a smart meter?

The government has set targets for energy suppliers to install smart meters. Energy suppliers should offer all customers a smart meter before the end of the rollout.  Different energy suppliers may have different ways to encourage their customers to accept a smart meter. But it is still up to you whether you accept one or not.

Some energy suppliers might offer their customers smart meter-only tariffs. Each supplier will have their own terms and conditions for these tariffs. An example of this would be a time-of-use tariff. Time-of-use tariffs offer a different price of energy at different times of the day. These tariffs are only available to customers with smart meters. They are not offered by all suppliers and are not widely available yet.

Your energy supplier is best-placed to answer your questions about your particular tariff.

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Is it mandatory to have a smart meter to access the Demand Flexibility Service?

Yes, to access the Demand Flexibility Service, you need to have a smart meter. Your smart meter will need to be able to provide meter readings every half an hour. To do this, you will need to have your smart meter set up so that it sends readings every half an hour.

The Demand Flexibility Service scheme encourages customers to move their electricity use to earlier or later in the day. This helps the National Grid manage peak demand in a smarter way and could reduce the risk of blackouts.

It could also prevent the use of back-up power generation, like gas power stations. Consumers who move their electricity use will be rewarded with a payment or credit from their energy supplier.

To take part, your energy supplier will also need to be taking part in the Demand Flexibility Service. Find out whether your supplier is taking part with our full list of suppliers taking part in the DFS.

Smart meter bullying: do you feel like you are being pressured by your supplier?

Energy suppliers should meet targets set by the government to install smart meters in their customers’ homes. But it is up to each individual energy supplier how they encourage their customers to get a smart meter. So, the communication you receive could be different with different suppliers.

There could be occasions where you will need to have a smart meter installed, for example, if your traditional meter has come to the end of its life and is no longer working. But this should be communicated to you by your supplier.

If you’re concerned about the types of communication you are receiving from your energy supplier, contact them directly to find out how they can resolve this for you. If you want support raising these issues, Citizens Advice would be able to assist you.

Will smart meters become compulsory?

Energy suppliers should meet targets set by the government to install smart meters in their customers’ homes. As the rollout continues, energy suppliers will need to find new ways to install smart meters in every home in Great Britain. But this is up to each individual energy supplier how they encourage their customers to get one. So your communication could be different with different suppliers.

When are smart meters compulsory?

As smart meters replace traditional meters, the production of traditional meters will be reduced, or totally phased out. So, if your meter comes to the end of its life, it’s possible that the only option will be to replace it with a smart meter.

If every household had a smart meter, this would be great news for our smart energy system. With more smart meter data, the smart energy system will be enabled to:

  • Identify and respond to power outages more quickly.
  • Better balance supply with demand, which then helps to...
  • Reduce waste - in fact, the government predicts that the smart meter rollout could save £650m.*
  • Enable energy suppliers to draw on more sources of local and renewable energy.

*Requires consumer action

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Will the smart meter installer try to sell me other products or services?

According to CoMCoP (the Consolidated Metering Code of Practice), your energy supplier must have your consent before the installation visit to discuss any purchasable good or services with you. And any marketing must be stopped as soon as you request. So, you can feel in control, knowing you can simply book your smart meter installation without receiving any other marketing.

And for even more peace of mind, no sales transactions can be carried out at the installation visit for domestic customers.

Request your smart meter today

If you haven’t already got a smart meter, you can request one from your energy supplier below:

Request your smart meter

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