Smart meters

Ofgem: Smart Metering – What it means for Britain’s homes [factsheet]


You’ve probably heard about Smart Meters recently in the news — what are they?

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. Together with the in-home displays (shown above), smart meters will help you keep track of the energy you use in your home,  cut out the need for meter readings and provide you with accurate energy bills.

Smart Meters allow you to see when you’re using the most energy and how much you’re spending. This means you can adapt your energy use and cut down on waste to provide long-term energy and financial savings.

Every home and business in Great Britain will be offered smart meters for electricity and gas by the end of 2020. Some energy suppliers have already started to install smart meters and many others will  begin to soon.

How do smart meters work?¹

Smart meters measure the total energy used in the same way as a traditional meter, but they can also tell you when you have used it and how much it costs. Additionally, they have a communication capability that allows this data to be displayed on a device inside your home and read remotely by your energy supplier. 

An in-home display (IHD) unit will be provided along with the smart meter as part of the programme. This device is the most visible part of the smart metering system and provides up-to-date real-time information on gas and electricity use in pounds and pence, as well as units of energy.

The display also presents historical information on consumption so that you can compare current and past use.

How can I get a smart meter?

Contact your energy supplier to register your interest and find out if you can have one installed.

For more information about the smart meter rollout, visit Smart Energy GB