What are Smart Meters?
Smart Meters are the latest and most up to date electricity meter that automatically sends your meter readings direct to your electricity supplier. Your meter readings are therefore actual readings and not estimated. These meters additionally are equipped with monitors that can assist you in understanding your fuel usage. Scotland should have every residential property fitted by 2020.
How do smart meters work?
Smart meters are the latest technology in meter reading for electric and gas usage. These meters should replace your present meter which uses an outdated technology of meter reading.
By using a DCC network or secure national communication network your new meter can automatically relay your exact meter reading to your energy supplier. This eliminates the use of estimated gas and electricity readings and also having to provide actual readings to your supplier. Visits from meter readers to your home is also no longer required.
An added benefit of smart meters is the use of an in-home display.
This allows residents to see their up to date usage and cost instantly.
Are smart meters a good idea?
Smart meters have numerous benefits for households:
No more estimated bills that can cost you unnecessary expense and time in having to pay for energy you have not used
A more detailed and educated understanding of what your household is actually using and often wasting. This can then help you in saving on your overall energy bills. By having more information at hand you can switch suppliers easily in the knowledge that you can save costs with an alternative provider.
Having a detailed list of your usage can also be given to your new supplier in working out your monthly bills.
Help Scotland build a greener environment and future by cutting down on unnecessary fuel wastage and bring homes across the country into the 21st century.
Assist suppliers in creating cost effective electricity tariffs that are customized to your personal usage.
What are the costs of smart meters?
Your supplier installs and sets everything up for you with the cost to you being nothing as everything is already included within your electricity bill.