The government has set the target that by 2025 Energy Suppliers must replace 85% of the 53 million residential meters in the UK with Smart Meters. This Smart Meter technology will help consumers see their real-time energy usage, receive accurate bills and facilitate lower energy consumption.
What is a Smart Meter?
Smart Meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters. They will be installed in all homes across Great Britain replacing traditional meters, including prepayment meters, at no direct cost to the consumer.
What do Smart Meters do?
A Smart Meter automatically takes gas and electricity readings, regularly displaying the latest usage information on the in-home display and sending readings via mobile communication technology to the Energy Supplier.
What are the benefits of a Smart Meter?
The benefits to a consumer of having a Smart Meter are many, and include more accurate bills and no visits from meter readers. The in-house display will enable consumers to monitor their use of gas and electricity more closely which in turn will help them better manage energy usage and control costs.
How can I get a Smart Meter?
Every residential customer is entitled to a Smart Meter and your Energy Supplier will contact you to arrange installation at no extra cost to you.
How can I find out more Information about the industry rollout?
For more information about the UK Smart Metering programme follow these links:
Smart Energy GB is the national campaign for the smart meter rollout.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) The government regulator for gas and electricity markets in Great Britain.
The Smart Energy Code (SEC) is a multi-Party agreement which defines the rights and obligations of energy suppliers, network operators and other relevant parties.
Smart Data Communication Company (DCC) manages the data and communications network to connect smart meters to the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users of the network.