The accessible in-home display
If you are blind, partially sighted, or have difficulties with dexterity or memory loss, an accessible in-home display (AIHD) with additional features could make tracking your energy usage easier.
What is an accessible in-home display?
Smart meters come with an in-home display (IHD), which shows how much energy you have used at a glance, and automatically sends your meter readings to your energy supplier.
An ‘accessible’ in-home display with additional features has been developed in partnership with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
*The accessible in-home display and figures are for illustrative purposes only.
What features does an accessible in-home display have?
An accessible in-home display (AIHD) has all the features of a regular smart meter in-home display (IHD), with the addition of accessibility features which include:
- Tactile buttons with feedback of button press
- Text-to-speech function for screen navigation
- Adjustable volume for the text-to-speech function
- Coloured LEDs which indicate electricity usage
- LED push button to replay speech
- Large typeface
- TFT screen with a high contrast colour scheme optimised for visual impairment and colour blindness
I’m Marc, I am 31 and I live in Royston. I am registered blind and I formally represented my country at London 2012, in the sport of Judo.
So getting a smart meter installed was incredibly easy. I definitely feel a lot more in control of my energy consumption. And I also, you know, want to do my bit to look after the planet at the same time.
And no longer I have to provide any kind of information to my supplier. It’s all done through the smart meter network.
So for me the accessible in-home display is great because along with it being high contrast, the in-home display actually speaks to me too. So it means that all the information that’s on screen is relayed to me in a way that I can access it.
So I would absolutely recommend for anybody to get yourself a smart meter. I could imagine this benefitting so many other people in different situations
Why has an accessible in-home display been developed?
The accessible in-home display has been developed to allow more customers, including those who are blind or partially sighted, to access the benefits of smart metering, such as helping consumers understand and reduce their energy consumption and costs.
Depending on the severity of the condition, some people may find that the accessible in-home display meets their needs better than a regular in-home display.
Does the accessible in-home display cost anything?
The accessible in-home display is being offered at no extra cost to selected customers, but they are not yet available with every supplier.
How can I get an accessible in-home display?
If you think that you need an accessible in-home display please discuss it with your energy supplier.
Simply type your energy supplier in the box below and we will connect you.
What is a smart meter?
Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters. They are being installed in homes across Great Britain at no extra cost, to replace the traditional meters, including prepay key meters, most of us currently have ticking away under the stairs, or outside our homes. Smart meters record your energy use in the same way as a traditional meter but then send the readings automatically to your energy supplier at regular intervals, allowing them to prepare an accurate bill.
Do I need a broadband connection in my home to have a smart meter?
No. Smart meters use an entirely separate, bespoke wireless system. You don't need Wi-Fi in your home for it to work and it won't use your Wi-Fi if you have it. Your smart meter and in-home display communicate via a secure national network which is solely for smart meters. This works in the same way as other wireless systems like car remote keys or TVs, using radio waves.