The mass rollout of smart meters has begun in earnest. It is the government’s ambition that every home will have at least been offered the opportunity to install a smart meter by 2020. If you haven’t yet been consulted, now is the time to pick up the phone and assess your eligibility.
This article will take you through exactly what the process involves and what you can expect.
Before we begin, there are some benefits that you should be aware of in case you’ve been sitting on the fence. These include;
- The ability to switch energy suppliers to ensure the best deal is possible more quickly and efficiently in the future.
- The ability to see your current energy draw based upon pounds and pence rather than complicated kilowatt hours.
- An end to a meter reader coming to read your meter every few months.
- Users of prepayment electricity supplies will be able to top up using methods that don’t involve visiting a shop. This can even involve an automated top up process, saving your supply from being cut off.
Smart Meter Installation
Once your new meter installation has been agreed and booked in, you will need to make a note of the date and make sure that you’re available and at home. The installation process will usually take anywhere up to two hours but this can vary.
You should also note that it is likely that you’ll experience a loss of power throughout several points of this 2 hour window so make sure that you’ve made provision for any critical appliances. On the day, your engineer will:
- Turn up and show you their ID card. Take the time to verify their ID so that you’re comfortable and are satisfied they are who they say they are.
- Complete a gas safety check post installation to make sure that everything is performing as it should.
- Walk you through the installation as well as how it works and answer any concerns or questions you may have.
Do remember to clear the area around both your gas and electricity meter as this is where your engineer will be working. Also feel free to take as much time as you need to understand your ‘new in-home display’ or monitoring station which is going to display your real-time energy usage going forward.
Once your new meter has been installed and has been verified as working, that’s it. You will no longer need to provide another meter reading to your gas or electricity supplier.
Studies show that 55% of those households who have received a meter upgrade have been able to reduce their energy bills with the guidance of their new metering and monitoring technology. Another 80% say that the installation of a smart meter upgrade has at least got them to think more about how they use and can conserve energy. We would call that a success.
As technology continues to advance, we will see more and more ways that reducing our home energy consumption will be made possible.