Why settle for an estimated bill?
There are so many things you wouldn’t want to estimate in life. The final score in your favourite sport, your wedding dress measurements, your weekly shop. So why would you want an estimated energy bill?
Smart meters are coming
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 as you do with your phone bill.
You'll always know what you owe
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 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.
Can a smart meter help me become more energy efficient?
Smart meters are paving the way for a more energy efficient future. They 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. They're also a crucial step towards the development of the smart grid, a whole new way of running our energy network. Energy suppliers will be better equipped to plan and manage Great Britain's electricity and gas, and match supply and demand.
In the future, we can look forward to being rewarded with cheaper tariffs at off-peak times. This means we will pay less to mow the lawn or run the washing machine when electricity is not in high demand. It will also mean less pressure on the grid at busier times when we’re all rustling up our dinner, or putting on the kettle whilst the adverts are on TV.
In addition, smart appliances will be able to interact with smart meter systems to help us save energy. For example you could set your dishwasher to come on when electricity is cheapest or get a text from your house if you leave the heating on by mistake.