By now you’ve probably already heard of the benefits of smart meters, including automatic meter readings, accurate bills and being able to see your energy use in pounds and pence. But there are even more benefits that you might not have considered before.
Engineers trained to a national standard
All the engineers we work with have formal qualifications and work to a national standard. As part of the smart meter installation, the engineer will carry out a visual inspection, which could help uncover hidden safety issues. If you’re upgrading a gas meter, your engineer will also carry out a visual inspection afterwards.
Smart Energy GB found that smart meter installations resulted in the discovery of more than 270,000 faults in UK homes, in 2017 alone.
When Smart Energy GB’s own CEO, Sacha Deshmukh, had a smart meter installed, he was told that the wiring in his home hadn’t been earthed. That means he could’ve been electrocuted if any of his appliances were faulty. As a result of the smart installation he was able to identify the danger and get it fixed. Watch the video below to see Sacha speak about his experience.
The energy savings add up
The visibility that an in-home display unit provides means you’re more in control of your energy use. But what does that actually mean? Well, Smart Energy GB have been doing the maths and say that on average, a smart meter home will save two percent on their energy bill each year. Sure, it sounds like a small amount, but that would be enough for 115 hot baths. And on a larger scale, if everyone in the UK had a smart meter, we’d save enough energy to power the cities of Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.
A brighter, smarter future for everyone
It’s expected that the data collected from smart meters will play a huge part in creating a smart energy grid. All this detailed information could be used to predict peaks and troughs in demand, reducing the likelihood of unexpected strains. What’s more, the information collected by smart meters could be used to create cheaper, off-peak ‘time of use’ tariffs that would work to the advantage of a connected home. For example, smart appliances could be programmed to switch themselves on at the cheapest time of day or night.
Smart meters come at no additional cost to you
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