Royal Voluntary Service is working with Smart Energy GB to highlight how switching to a smart meter can help you manage your energy at home, and stop you having to take inconvenient meter readings.
When you’re on a tight budget it can be a struggle to make ends meet. A smart meter could make things a bit easier
“62% of those with a smart meter would recommend one”*
Smart meters record how much electricity or gas you use – just like your existing meters. But with a smart meter, you can also see how much energy you’re using, on an in-home display. The in-home display is sometimes called an IHD. It comes with the smart meter, and can help you keep a closer eye on how much energy you’re using, and how much it’s costing you.
How does it all work?
- The smart meter records your energy use, as you use it.
- The IHD shows how much energy you’re using, and what you’ve spent.
- The smart meter automatically sends readings to your energy supplier.
- You get a bill based on the amount of gas and electricity you used.
Having a smart meter means getting a bill based on how much energy you used – not an estimate. This could take some of the guesswork out of balancing your budget.
"I got a smart meter not only to save money, but to help with my knee disability. I am unable to read my meters because of the position they are in. It has been a godsend to me, enabling me to have a bill with a reading that is correct and not estimated." Alan
Watch how a smart meter has made a difference
How to get a smart meter
Search ‘get a smart meter’ today. Or get in touch with your energy supplier and ask if you can get one. You can find contact details on your bill. Or to find some supplier’s free-phone and textphone numbers visit smartenergyGB.org/supplier-free-phone-numbers
Download a copy of A smart meter could give you peace of mind in money's tight to give to someone you know. Also available in Welsh.
If you are worried about paying your energy bill visit Gov.uk for help.
*Populus commissioned by Smart Energy GB, (March 2020), Smart Energy Outlook