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1) Smart meters are making our energy system smarter

The data that smart meters are able to generate allow our energy system to understand how much energy is being used – and when and where – across Great Britain.

This enables the people who manage Britain’s energy system to better plan, and helps consumers to shift usage from traditional peak times.

2) Smart meters will help reduce waste in the energy system

There is a lot of waste in our energy system. This is partly due to the fact that energy has to travel a long way from where it’s generated before it gets to you.

Smart meters will help us cut down on that waste by forecasting energy demand more efficiently.

In fact, the government predicts that the smart meter rollout could save £650m of energy wasted within the system. The system will be able to draw on more local and renewable sources of energy too.

3) Smart meters help Great Britain anticipate future energy demands

Demand for electricity in Britain is predicted to nearly double by 2050, so it's important that our energy system can cope.

Smart meters are integral to Britain meeting increased energy demands in the future because they:

  • enable a flexible energy system that can use greener sources of energy;
  • balance supply and demand; and
  • ensure security of our energy supply.

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