REQUEST A SMART METER FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
If your business has 10 employees or less (including yourself), you could be eligible for a smart meter. With a smart meter, your energy readings will be sent directly to your supplier, bringing an end to estimated bills.
Ask your energy supplier or broker what’s on offer
A non-domestic consumer is defined as a small business if they meet one of the following criteria:
- employs fewer than 10 employees (or their full time equivalent) and has an annual turnover or balance sheet no greater than £2 million; or
- uses no more than 100,000 kWh of electricity per year; or
- uses no more than 293,000 kWh of gas per year.
A business using 100,000 kWh of electricity or 293,000 kWh of gas should typically pay around £10,000 - £12,000 a year for each fuel (excluding VAT and Climate Change Levy).
If you rent your business space but don’t have your own gas and/or electricity meter, then you can ask your landlord if they plan to get one for your building.
It is important to note that smart meter offerings may vary between energy suppliers, and each supplier could have different terms and conditions relating to these offerings. So, get into contact with your energy supplier for more detail.
Fix a time and dayIf you are eligible and when your energy supplier is ready to fit your smart meter, they will call or email you to arrange a time.
Let your supplier in to fit the meter
A trained installer from your energy supplier will call round to your premises and fit your smart meter.
Start taking control of your energy
After the installation process is complete, the trained installer can show you and your staff how your smart meter works and answer any questions.
That’s it. After that, your business will be ready to enjoy the benefits of having a smart meter.
HOW CAN I REQUEST A SMART METER FOR MY SMALL BUSINESS?
Simply enter your energy supplier in the box below and we’ll connect you. If your business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.
Smart meters are being installed in small businesses across Britain. They can give you the information you need to better manage your energy usage, helping you to manage your budgets and even save your business money.
If you have fewer than 10 employees you may be eligible to upgrade to a smart meter now.
This includes small businesses with separate business premises, and those based at home that use a separate gas or electricity meter for their business.
If you currently have a shared meter in your business space, ask your landlord about getting a smart meter for your building.
When it’s time for your installation, your energy supplier will work with you to find a time that’s convenient for you both. They may even offer installations on a Saturday, or in the evening, to minimise disruption to your business.
Most suppliers will provide your new smart meter at no extra cost, but contact your supplier today to find out more about what they are offering.
Upgrade to a smart meter and soon your business will be enjoying a smarter future.
From the campaign for a smarter Britain
How secure are smart meters?Security has been at the heart of the whole smart meter rollout programme from its very inception, and the system has been specifically designed to prevent hacking. Smart meters do not use the internet, and they have their own closed, dedicated communications system. Smart meters have been designed with top cyber security experts, including the government and GCHQ, to ensure that security best practice has been incorporated at every stage.
How long does installation take?
Installations normally take about two hours and are arranged in advance so that you can make any necessary arrangements beforehand to ensure minimal disruption to your normal business operations.