UK Government Reveals Ambitious Smart Meter Plans
The European Union has already made moves to mandate smart
meters, but now the Guardian tells us that the UK Government
has revealed that it will be ensuring that every UK home is
fitted with a smart meter by the year 2020. So what's the
Here's more from The Guardian:
The meters most of us have in our homes were designed for a
different age, before climate change," said Ed Miliband, the
energy and climate change secretary. "Now we need to get
smarter with our energy ... so it's important we design a
system that brings best value to everyone involved.
Energy companies welcomed the switch, which will reduce
their running costs by making meter readers obsolete and
eliminating the customer service time spent on dealing with
estimated bills. Consumers and small business owners could
benefit from savings achieved through increased awareness of
their energy use. Previous studies have shown that smart
meters encourage homeowners to cut their energy use by
3-15%, although experts warn that the technology requires
consumer education and is not an "install and forget"
energy-efficiency measure like loft insulation.
It's certainly true that instantaneous feedback on our
energy consumption can encourage more efficient behavior -
fellow TreeHugger John's experiments with a ScanGauge and a
car full of teenagers testify to that fact - but in order to
be successful, we'll need efforts to educate the public
about how to get the most out of these meters. Perhaps some
of the money utilities will save on visiting households to
do meter readings could be redirected into education? Just
thinking out loud here...
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