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The benefits of installing a smart meter in your home


Tons of people these days are switching to using smart meters in their homes, but what are the benefits of doing so? We’ve listed some of the best reasons to upgrade your home energy systems.

They can help you save in two ways 

One of the best things about having a smart meter is that it can save you money as well as energy. If the whole nation decided to switch to using a smart meter, it would mean everyone would be saving the same amount of energy it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.

On average, one household using a smart meter can save up to 2% on their energy bills annually. Though that might not sound like much at first, added together it works out at enough energy to have over 100 hot baths or blast out your favourite tunes from your phone or tablet device every day for 35 whole years. That’s a lot of music!


Smart meters are free to install 

If you’re worried about having to pay and install a smart meter yourself, you don’t need to be. Once you’ve registered your interest or have been offered one by your energy supplier, they’ll come to your house and get it set up and working for you at no cost to your household.

It’s possible there’ll be a waiting period as more people begin to make the switch, but it will be worth it in the end.


Say goodbye to estimated bills 

Though it’s not compulsory for you to switch to a smart meter, every homeowner in Britain is free to request one from their energy supplier at any time. Making this change also means the end of estimating how much your bills are going to set you back each month, setting you free from having to regularly read your meter or having people coming into your home to read it for you.

Once your smart meter is set up and ready to go, all of the bills you receive from your energy supplier from then on will be completely accurate, much like your phone or streaming service bills.


See exactly how much energy you're using in pounds and pence 

Smart meters give you the power to check exactly how much you’re spending on your bills, all thanks to an easy to understand portable display that shows you the amount whenever you feel like checking it.

This addition to your systems makes it simple for you to work out which of your appliances are using up the most energy in your home. As it’s so easy to use, you can get the whole family involved, instructing the kids on why it’s important to turn the lights off when they leave a room or shut down a gaming device at the mains instead of leaving them on standby mode.

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