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Smart Meters

A smart meter is the next generation of a gas and electricity meter. They're being installed by energy suppliers in every home in England, Scotland, and Wales. Smart meters come with an in-home display screen that shows you exactly how much energy you're using in pounds and pence, in near real time and will bring an end to estimated bills.

Smart meters measure how much gas and electricity you’re using, as well as what it’s costing you and, display this on a handy in-home display.

With a smart meter, you can wave goodbye to complicated meter readings. The smart meter shows a digital meter reading and automatically sends the reading to your energy supplier at least once a month, so you will receive accurate, not estimated, bills. 

How can I get a smart meter?

Everyone will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to a smart meter by their energy supplier. Smart meters will be provided and fitted by your energy supplier, along with a handheld in-home display, at no extra cost.

What does my smart meter show me?

On an in-home display, you’ll be able to read:

  • how much energy you’re using in near real time

  • how much energy was used in the last hour, week, and month (and what it cost)

  • whether your electricity use is high, medium or low

  • updates in near real time for electricity and every half hour for gas

If you have a prepay meter, it will also show:

  • how much credit you have left

  • how much emergency credit you have

  • your debt balance (if you have one)

  • if your credit’s getting low

Visit the Smart Energy GB website to find out more - www.smartenergygb.org