The Benefits of Smart Meters
As the world becomes more environmentally aware, the UK government is taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint of UK households. Part of this plan includes rolling out smart meters nationally. In fact, every home will be offered one by 2025. But are smart meters worth it and can they save you money in the long-run? Let’s take a look at the benefits of these gadgets.
How do Smart Meters Work?
Smart meters provide real-time information about your energy consumption and how much it’s costing you. They automatically and wirelessly send information about your energy usage to your energy supplier and update the in-home display accordingly. Each display allows you to scroll through your electricity and gas usage or both. You can also see your energy usage for specific time periods and you can always view your latest meter readings.
Most smart meters also come with an ambient light which changes colour based on your energy use. Green means your usage is low, amber means medium and red means high. The energy levels are pre-set based on the national average, but will change and update based on your household usage over time.
What are the Benefits of Smart Meter?
If you’re looking to reduce your emissions and bring your energy bills down, smart meters are ideal. Here are some of the main benefits to keep in mind:
- They Can Save You Money
Smart meters won’t automatically save you money. But they will make you more aware of your energy consumption. If you notice that your energy usage is higher than the national average, or higher than it normal is for your household, you can set about making changes. Switching to LED lights instead of traditional bulbs or investing in a more efficient boiler are just two considerations you might want to think about as well as turning your thermostat down and making sure lights are off when you leave the room.
- Eliminate the Need for Meter Readings
Without a smart meter, you’ll need to continue sending meter readings to your supplier to ensure your bills are accurate. If you forget, you could end up making payments that were too low or high for any given period. Making low payments on a regular basis could result in a large bill once your readings have been received and you may rack up some fines along the way. Smart meters are continuously updating your supplier, so you won’t have to second guess your usage and will know exactly where you stand financially.
- Good for the Environment
Smart meters keep energy companies up-to-date regarding energy usage. This helps to create a ‘smart grid’ which aims to provide low-carbon, efficient and reliable energy to households.
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