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As you may have heard in the news, the Government rollout of smart meters is now in full swing. It’s already making a difference to how Britons use, pay for and think about their energy.

From big things like improving the efficiency of the National Grid to helping quickly sort out power cuts, the benefits to Britain are numerous. A more efficient network means fewer power stations and emissions, helping generations to come.

And, on a more day to day level, with a smart meter you’ll know exactly how much energy you’ve used. Meaning no more vague, annoying estimated bills. 80 per cent of consumers with smart meters have changed the way they use energy, saving money and reducing waste.

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Improving the efficiency of the Grid

As demand for electricity goes up, Britain will need to reduce its energy consumption at peak times. Smart meters will make it easier and cheaper for the National Grid to do this, by:

  • Giving consumers the option to move on to tariffs that reward them for using less at peak times when the Grid is having to work hardest
  • Creating opportunities for smart white goods – like dishwashers and washing machines – that can be set to come on when demand is low and energy is cheapest

Sorting out power cuts more quickly

During a power cut, with smart meters the network will be alerted so they can fix the problem and restore power quickly– avoiding energy waste, and reducing everyone’s bills.

Fewer power stations and emissions

Smart meters also mean the country will need to generate less energy, which means fewer power stations pumping out air polluting particles. Poor air quality is responsible for thousands of deaths a year (most often impacting the very young, very old, or those with health conditions). Smart meters mean the country will need to generate less energy, which means fewer power stations pumping out air polluting particles. 

Smart meters will save the equivalent in carbon emissions of 500,000 cars taken off Great Britain’s roads by 2030

With a smart meter can I still switch supplier if I want to?

Yes, you can switch suppliers in exactly the same way as anyone else can. Smart meters give you the information you need to make better informed decisions when choosing a supplier and tariff.

Many people with smart meters can be switched seamlessly between suppliers. But at this stage of the national rollout, some may find that if they switch supplier they temporarily need to start sending in meter readings again in order to get an accurate bill.

7.7 million smart meters have already been installed and people are already seeing the benefits of accurate bills and being able to see, in pounds and pence, exactly what they are spending on gas and electricity. 

Can hackers get into the smart meter system?

Smart metering has been specifically designed to stop that happening. The system is very secure and has been designed with leading cyber security experts, including the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.

Are smart meters a danger to health?

No. Smart meters are one of the safest pieces of equipment in your home. Research from Public Health England, the government’s watchdog on Public Health, shows that smart meters are not a danger to health.

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