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12th July 2018

 Smart Energy GB report calls on employers to support energy saving at home and in the workplace

Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout today publishes Sparking action on smart energy at work, a new report commissioned by Smart Energy GB and produced by Cranfield School of Management.

The paper identifies the benefits to companies in helping employees live green and sustainable personal lives, including upgrading to a smart meter at home.

It explores how support for employees’ smart meter journeys could fit into the context of operating a responsible and profitable business, by engaging staff in the national smart meter rollout.

Further findings suggest that smart meters can help in developing modern sustainability, corporate responsibility and human resources policies in the work place. Engaging staff in organisational green objectives could also help staff save energy at home.

Supporting businesses in achieving better communication about energy saving is the Smart Energy Employer programme, an initiative which brings to life Great Britain’s smart meter rollout and its positive impact.

Over the last year, a number of thought-leading businesses and organisations have signed up to the programme, including national institutions such as NHS Employers, British Gas, Premier Foods, Edinburgh Council and Tech UK.

Companies have done a range of activities to engage their staff, from running employee engagement workshops to distributing smart meter information internally.

Smart Energy GB invites every organisation in Britain, large or small to become a Smart Energy Employer, playing a part in delivering one of the biggest upgrades to our energy infrastructure in a generation.

To find out more about how your business could benefit from becoming a Smart Energy Employer, visit smartenergyGB.org/employers.

Robert Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:

The national smart meter rollout will revolutionise energy use in homes and businesses across Great Britain.

“This report reinforces the notion that encouraging staff to consider a smart meter installation can yield benefits for companies and the environment. As a result, I would encourage any business to join the Smart Energy Employers programme and help their staff benefit from upgrading to a smart meter. 

“One in three of people with a smart meter are now starting discussions to encourage others in their household to use less energy and bringing those conversations into the workplace is a natural next step.”

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

Sparking action on smart energy at work is available for download here.

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign is reaching households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website smartenergyGB.org.

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure.

There are already more than 11 million smart meters installed in homes and microbusinesses across Great Britain. Every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered one at no additional cost. Contact your energy supplier about getting your free smart meter.

Smart Energy GB media contacts

For more information including interview requests, case studies of smart meter users, infographics, photography and video content please contact the Smart Energy GB media team:

Ben Welling: [email protected]; 0203 019 1063 / 0792 181 9353