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Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Smart Energy GB partnership to help older people without internet access find out more about smart meters

25th August 2017

Smart Energy GB and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) will work together in a partnership, which will run until the end of 2017, to help people in Scotland aged over 65 who don’t have access to the internet find out more about smart meters, how to get theirs installed and how to use the new technology in their homes.

The SFHA has 119 Housing Association members across Scotland, which provide housing to thousands of older people. The SFHA works to support member Associations with the tools, information and guidance that they need to help them meet the needs of their tenants.

Over the past year, Smart Energy GB and the SFHA have worked together to provide information on smart meters and the rollout to social housing tenants across Scotland. In 2017 the focus will be on equipping housing associations with the information and resources they need to further increase the confidence of older people in the new technology.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB said:

“The SFHA is a route to around 280,000 households in Scotland, and we are delighted to announce this partnership.

“We know that some older people, particularly those without internet access, may need extra information and reassurance to get and use their smart meter.

“Work with SFHA will play an important part in making sure the message about the benefits smart meters can bring reaches everyone in Scotland.”

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Notes to editors

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. 

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. 

Almost 7 million smart meters have already been installed in homes and microbusinesses and every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered one at no additional cost. Contact your energy supplier today about installing your 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:

Robbie Hurley – [email protected] 0203 019 1062