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Smart meters are a new kind of energy meter and energize worcester are investing in them

12 June 2014

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 June 12, 2014
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This “next generation” of meters are a replacement for your existing meters (referred to as “dumb” meters) and send electronic meter readings to your energy supplier automatically.

Smart meters come with in-home displays, which give you real-time feedback on your energy usage and what it is costing. A smart meter works by communicating directly with your energy supplier, so the company will always have an accurate meter reading and there’s no need for you to take a meter reading yourself. Smart meters can work in a variety of different ways, including using wireless mobile phone type technology to send data.

There are three main benefits to smart meters:

  1. More accurate bills — smart meters mean the end of estimated bills, and the end of overpaying (or underpaying) for your energy
  2. No one has to come to your home to read your meter; you do not have to submit meter readings yourself
  3. Better oversight and management of your energy use with a real-time data display in your home

A smart meter itself won’t save you money, but the extras your smart meter will come with can offer much insight into how to lower your bills.

Your in-home display lets you see how much energy you are using at different times of the day, week, month or year, which could help you cut your energy usage and your bills by highlighting ways you can be more energy efficient. Also, many hope that the technology will lead to the creation of innovative new tariffs and personalised plans individually tailored to fit your lifestyle and energy consumption.

Energize Worcester is currently working in partnership with Eon and British Gas to support its smart meter roll out programme as part of our behaviour change initiative.

If you would like to participate, please contact Energize Worcester’s Project Manager, Peng Li, p.li@worc.ac.uk .

For information on smart meter programme with Eon or British Gas, please follow the links:

https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/saving-energy/smart-meters
http://www.britishgas.co.uk/smarter-living/control-energy/smart-meters.html#.UinQmWShNJE

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