Smart meter benefits
Smart meters show you what you're spending in pounds and pence; no more estimated bills or supplying meter readings. Smart meters allow you to take control of your energy use, so you can save your energy for other things.
Save your energy
On average a household with a smart meter saves two percent on their energy bills a year, or 354kWh. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough energy to have 115 hot baths or to listen to your favourite song on a tablet every day for 35 years.
If the whole nation got a smart meter, we could save the same amount of energy as it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.
No more estimated bills
Everyone in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier as part of a national upgrade to our energy system. This means the end of estimated bills. No more having to read the meter or trying to work out your bill. No more strangers coming into your home for meter readings.
Once you have a smart meter, you’ll only get accurate bills from your energy supplier, just like your phone bill.
See how much energy you're using in pounds and pence
With your smart meter, you'll also get an easy-to-understand portable display that shows you exactly what you’re spending in pounds and pence and in near real time. This means you can work out which appliances are guzzling the most energy. Or show the kids the difference it can make when they remember to turn the lights off.
How can I get a smart meter?
We’re all entitled to a smart meter and your energy supplier will contact you between now and 2020 to arrange your installation at no extra cost.
Some of us will have to wait longer than others to get our meter, but you can ask your energy supplier directly to see if you can have yours fitted now. How soon you can get your meter depends on your energy supplier, where you live and what kind of home you live in.
There are three straightforward steps to getting a smart meter installed:
- Ask your supplier - we'll all be offered a smart meter by 2020. Contact yours directly to see if you can get a smart meter fitted now.
- You fix a time and day for your supplier to come and install your smart meter (either you, or if you can't be there yourself, a nominated, responsible adult will need to be present during installation).
- Your supplier fits the meter and shows you how to use the in-home display.
How will a smart meter save me money?
Smart meters make it easier for us to identify the situations where we're using a lot of energy and might want to make changes to reduce it.
If you use the information shown on your in-home display to help reduce your energy use, you should be able to cut your energy costs. Smart meters also mean accurate bills, so you can be confident that you're only paying for what you've actually used, rather than overpaying, as you sometimes do with estimates.