Consumers to benefit from savings achieved through increased
awareness of energy use but householders likely to pick up
some of the costs of the compulsory, nationwide scheme
Every home in the UK must be fitted with a "smart meter" by
2020 to reduce energy use and pave the way for a low-carbon
"smart grid", under plans unveiled by the government today.
The new meters will send information on real-time
electricity and gas use in households and small businesses
direct to utility companies, eliminating the need for
customers to stay at home for meter readings or to receive
However, consumers are likely to pick up some of the costs
of the compulsory, nationwide scheme.The government
estimates putting smart meters in the country's 26m homes
could save customers and energy companies £2.5bn-£3.6bn over
the next 20 years, but says it will cost more than double
this to buy and install the equipment.
Launching a consultation on how the smart meters should be
rolled out, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
claimed the scheme will be the biggest smart meter project
in the world.
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.
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