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Post Office® and Smart Energy GB team up to spread the word about smart meters

16 June 2016

Smart Energy GB, the voice of Britain’s smart meter rollout, has today announced a partnership with Post Office®. Leaflets containing information about smart meters will be available in over 11,000 Post Office® branches from today. 

Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter, at no additional cost, by 2020, bringing an end to estimated bills. They show customers how much energy they’re using in pounds and pence, in near real-time. 

Smart Energy GB’s campaign is underway on TV, radio and billboards and in newspapers and magazines across Great Britain. The campaign will invite people to pick up a leaflet from Post Office® branches, to get more information on what smart meters are and how they can use them to save money. A version in Welsh will also be available in Post Office® branches across Wales. 

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB said:

“Post Office plays an important role in our communities so I’m delighted that people will be able to find information about smart meters in branches across Great Britain. We will be working with Post Office to ensure that everyone - especially those not online – understands what smart meters deliver and how to claim their smart meters from their energy supplier.”

Martin George, Commercial Director at Post Office®, said: “With thousands of branches across the UK, we are well placed to act as an information point for those interested in finding out more about smart meters. It is vital that those people who do not have access to information at the push of a button can find out what they need at their local Post Office.”

Smart Energy GB is working with national organisations, supporting local groups, and teaming up with major brands to reach every home in Great Britain. Its work with trusted charities, brands and people is at the heart of the national campaign to raise awareness of the smart meter rollout. 

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Notes to editors

Further information about Smart Energy GB’s partnership programme can be found 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 has already begun and will reach all households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website www.smartenergyGB.org

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They will provide consumers with accurate bills, near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence, and greater control over their gas and electricity. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. Between now and 2020, everyone across England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier at no extra cost. More than three million smart meters have already been installed. To find out how you can get a smart meter from your energy supplier pick up a leaflet in your local Post Office branch or visit www.smartenergyGB.org/get-a-smart-meter

About Post Office®

Post Office® (Post Office Limited) has an unrivalled national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of communities in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Post Office® has made a commitment to maintaining its network of branches at its current size and reach.

Post Office® serves over 17 million customers a week and a third of small businesses. Some 99.7 per cent of the total population live within three miles of a post office and over 97 per cent live with one mile of a post office. For many rural communities, the post office is the only retail outlet. Post Office® branches remain highly valued and trusted, and are the focal point of many communities. For more information, visit www.postoffice.co.uk.

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:

Janqui Mehta: [email protected]; 0203 019 1063/07715 665 112