Popularity of smart meters increases

Popularity of smart meters increases

Nearly eight in 10 people who already have smart meters would recommend them.

That’s according to a survey by Smart Energy GB and Populus which asked more than 10,000 people who own a smart meter around the UK.

It found 80% of them are taking steps to reduce their energy use since they have the technology and 84% said they have a better idea of their energy costs.

The survey also shows that in-home displays (IHDs), which show people how much energy they are spending in near real time, are also having a positive impact.

A total of 87% of those who have a IHD said they have a better idea on how much they are spending compared to 69% who have a smart meter but not a IHD.

The government plans to install around 53 million smart meters in more than 30 million homes and businesses across the UK by 2020.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB said:”Millions of households are already benefiting from smart meters and our latest research demonstrates that people around the country are using the new technology in their homes to get their gas and electricity under control. People with smart meters are much better informed about how much gas and electricity they are using and feel greater levels of control over their energy use and bills.”