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National benefits

Can smart meters make the energy system more efficient?

Yes. Smart meters help make Britain more efficient in different ways. One example is that smart meters have the capability of alerting network operators to possible faults, including a power outage. This enables the network operator to operate more efficiently, so they can find and fix any faults, without the need for a consumer to call them.

A more flexible energy system also means we can also make more use of renewable sources. A big part of this flexibility includes consumers. By being encouraged to use electricity at different times (with smart time-of-use tariffs, for example), we can then ensure that we won't have to use fossil fuel energy energy to meet the huge demand that is usually needed during these peak times.

Smart meters can also help consumers become more efficient - using the in-home display, people can work out if they are wasting energy and take steps to only use what they need to use. Having the meter automatically send its reading to the supplier saves steps for the consumer in ensuring that they receive an accurate bill, rather than an estimated bill.

Isn't our current grid working perfectly fine?

Yes, however our electricity needs are expected to double up by 2050 (by 2018 standard) and as a nation, we need an energy system that can keep up. It's important that we move towards a future where we can use as much renewable energy as possible, and modernising our system is a crucial part of that.

Why are smart meters good for helping climate change?

Smart meters are part of the upgrade to the national energy system, which is vital infrastructure needed needed to help Britain reach its net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere is equal.

Smart meters will help everyone to use a little bit less energy which will contribute to carbon emissions savings. The smart energy system that smart meters help to create will be better equipped to handle variable renewable sources of energy, which can then be used to support the mass uptake of new, cleaner and greener technologies including electric vehicles and electric heating.

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