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Smart Energy GB publishes new report Smart meters and energy usage: a survey of energy behaviour before and after upgrading to a smart meter

Research published by Smart Energy GB today shows that smart meters are having a positive impact on how people report using energy around the home.

The research, carried out by Populus, shows that more than 8 in 10 (85 per cent) of people with smart meters have changed the way they do things around the house to use less energy, nearly two in three (63 per cent) have looked into ways to use less energy, and more than half (56 per cent) have made changes to their home to be more energy-efficient.

Smart meters enable consumers to see in pounds and pence, and in near real time, exactly what they are spending on their gas and electricity, making it easier to monitor and reduce energy use.

The research was carried out for Smart Energy GB by Populus who surveyed 2,557 adults in November 2016 about their energy use. The full report can be read here.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

“These results show that smart meters are helping millions of households to get their gas and electricity under control. People with smart meters understand what they need to do and are changing their behaviour to save energy.

“With so many consumers using their smart meters to use less energy and bring their bills down, I would urge people to contact their energy supplier about installing their smart meter.”





Notes to editors

The full report Smart meters and energy usage: a survey of energy behaviour before and after upgrading to a smart meter is available here.

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign is reaching all households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure.

Almost 6 million smart meters have already been installed in homes and microbusinesses, and between now and 2020 every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered one at no additional cost. Contact your energy supplier today about installing your smart meter.

Smart Energy GB media contacts


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