5 WAYS SMART METERS WILL BENEFIT BRITAIN
Getting a smart meter is a small step for individual households, but it will add up to big things for Great Britain.
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. With a better understanding of your usage, it’s easier to see where you can make small changes to reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy emissions. This leads to lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint – a double win.
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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.
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 additional cost for installation of your smart meter. At the point of installation you may be offered an in-home display that shows your spending in near-real time for no additional cost. 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.