Smart Meters Questions
Smart meters have been in the news a lot lately, and it’s said by 2020 they will be in every home in the UK. However, many people still aren’t clear on what exactly they do, and how it can benefit them. Here are some questions that are often asked about smart meters, so you can decide whether they’re suitable for your needs and Dispell the Myths about Smart Meters.
Are they difficult to install?
The good news is that smart meters are easy to install on most properties. It usually takes about one or two hours to do a smart meter upgrade , so you aren’t left without power for a long period. Installation will vary from property to property, but the installers should be able to give you a good idea of how long it’ll take.
What can a smart meter tell me?
Smart meters give you a range of information, including:
- How much you’ve spent on energy today
- How much energy you’re using in real time
- Your current balance for this period
- When energy is used — so you can find out the best tariff
This information is shown on a small screen that’s easy to use, and allows you to keep track of your bills.
Is my information secure?
Because smart meters transmit your usage information, some people worry their personal information might not be secure. However, your utility company will receive the information through WAN, wide area network, which is the same network that’s used for mobile phones. This means the data is secure, and nobody outside the company will be able to see your readings.
Can I use them on a prepayment tariff?
If you use prepaid electricity, then you can still use a smart meter. Instead of giving you information about your upcoming bill, it’ll display your remaining balance. If you have water gas connections on pre-payment, then this is an excellent way to keep an eye on your usage and make sure you don’t run out of credit.
Will it cost me anything?
No, a smart meter won’t cost you anything. Energy firms are covering the cost of installation, with a big roll-out currently being undertaken across the country. And in the long term, you could save a lot of money on your bills.
How do I get a smart meter?
Many new homes will come with smart meters already installed, and owners of older homes will soon hear from their energy companies about getting them installed. Both homeowners and tenants can get smart meters installed, whether they live in flats or large homes.
Are smart meters mandatory?
Although the government has targets for smart meter installation, it’s not legally required to install one. However, with big savings available, it’s worth considering whether it can benefit your home.
If you have a question about smart meters, contact Connections 2 Energy of Suite 18, Link 665 Business Centre, Todd Hall Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 5HU. Simply call 03300552559 to speak to our knowledgeable team.