What Are Smart Meters?
Smart Meters are an accurate, effective and informative method of measuring energy usage. To manage our energy consumption effectively, we must first measure it effectively – and smart meters are the way to do so. Where traditional meters register just a running total of energy used, smart meters can record half-hourly price and consumption data, as well as provide automatic meter readings to energy suppliers.
The installation of these smart meters includes an IHD (In House Display) where home-owners will be able to see all of the data collected. This is accompanied by a communications hub, which is designed to allow communication between the meter and the IHD. It also links your smart metering system to the national smart meter network.
The Benefits of Smart Meters
Smart meters are proving to be very valuable throughout the transition to a greener energy system in the UK. In fact, government assessments have concluded that the rollout is delivering more benefits to the country than it is costing to deliver. Because of this, the installation of smart meters is greatly encouraged by the government. Thus, it is now a requirement that energy suppliers in England, Scotland and Wales provide smart meters to their customers at no additional cost. Home-owners can take advantage of this by getting in touch with their energy suppliers to arrange for a smart meter to be installed in their home.
If you’d like to learn more about smart meters and how they could possibly improve your energy bills, please click here to read the newly updated Government Guidance.