What is a Smart Meter?

What is a Smart Meter


A smart meter is the next generation of a gas and electricity meter.  They are 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 are using in pounds and pence, in near real time, and will bring an end to estimated bills.

You can see if you are eligible for a smart meter by clicking here.


How do they work?


Smart meters measure how much gas and electricity you are 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, as the smart meter shows your readings digitally and sends them directly to your energy supplier each month.  This way, you’re bills are accurate.


What does a Smart Meter look like?


A smart meter comes in two parts.  They are installed by your energy supplier.  Your original gas and electricity meters will be replaced with the smart meters.

You will also receive an in-home device that shows you how much energy you are using - this will be in value of pounds and pence.


What does my smart meter show me?


On an in-home device, you will be able to see:

  • How much energy you are using in near real time

  • How much energy was used in the last hour, week, and month (and the value)

  • Whether you’re electricity use is high, medium or low

  • Updates in near real time for electricity and every 30 minutes for gas

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