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What is a smart energy system?

As part of an exciting energy revolution that's under way in Great Britain, a new smart energy system is being developed that will use digital technology to actively monitor what electricity the country needs, when it needs it - then suppliers can generate enough to meet demand.

Smart meters are key to a modern smart energy system because they'll gather the information the energy networks require to react to the amount of energy needed.

This will help the energy system better manage the supply and demand of energy to reduce waste, and also shift energy usage away from traditional peak times – which are currently reliant on fossil fuel energy – and make more use of renewables.

So, just by having a smart meter installed, you will help us to reduce our carbon emissions as a nation, even without making changes to how you use energy at home.

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Why do we need one?

Our current energy system simply can’t map the demands from homes and businesses accurately, so a lot of energy goes to waste.

A smart energy system, working with smart meters, will help reduce waste because it will know precisely where to direct our valuable resources.

For example, if London's energy use peaks between 8pm and 10pm, and Newcastle's peaks between 7pm and 9pm, then resources can be redistributed to reflect this.

A smart solution

By upgrading to a smart meter you're helping to move Britain towards a cleaner, greener, lower-carbon economy.

Helping us be smarter with our energy

Smart meters are having a positive impact on how people use energy, with nearly three quarters saying they're doing more to save energy since getting one.1

Sarah, a mum of two from Chelmsford, says her boys no longer leave their gaming consoles on standby and she always makes sure they turn the lights off. By making a few changes around the house, she's seen significant savings on her gas and electricity bills.

Positive incentive to use energy outside peak times will help us as a nation balance supply with demand without having to build and generate more dirty and expensive energy. The National Infrastructure Commission say that a truly smart energy system could save the nation £8bn each year!

1Sourced from Populus, Smart energy outlook March 2019, smartenergyGB.org

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