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  1. SMART FUTURE

    Smart meters will bring Britain’s energy system into the 21st Century. They will form an integral part of the creation of a smart energy system which will mean that our energy networks are run in a completely new way.

  2. ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

    They will help the nation to conserve energy which benefits the environment. We all want to make big changes to help our planet. And sometimes to make big changes, we have to start small. Smart meters can't solve climate change on their own, but with the smarter, more energy efficient system they help to create, they are a start.

    Did you know that we could achieve 11% of the UK’s 2050 carbon emissions target just by taking household energy efficiency measures? Find out more: #MissingPiece

  3. SMART ENERGY SYSTEM

    Our energy supply will be greener because the smart energy system will be able to supply more reliable, efficient and low-carbon energy to households and help us all to manage our valuable resources more efficiently.

    Read our article for more information about how the smart energy system could help create a greener, more sustainable future.

  4. ELECTRIC VEHICLES

    Smart meters, in partnership with a smart energy system, will facilitate new technology-driven alternatives. They will be particularly vital as the transition towards ultra-low emissions electric vehicles gathers speed. Although there are plans for hundreds of thousands more public charging points, much of the time vehicles will be charged up at home. 

    Read our article for more information about the role of electric vehicles in helping to enable a smarter future.

  5. SAVE THE NATION ENERGY

    They will help to save the nation energy. If the whole nation got a smart meter we could save the same amount of energy as it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year. 

FAQs

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.

Can I get a smart meter for free?

There is no extra cost for the in-home display. You won't have an extra charge on your bill because you choose to have a smart meter. The costs will be spread across everyone's bills, just like the cost of running and maintaining today's traditional meters are.