The Government wants every home and business to benefit from smart meters by 2020. With the UK investing £11 billion on the rollout programme, you might be wondering what a smart meter is and how it benefits your business?

What’s a smart meter?

Smart meters are the next generation of meter technologies and are changing the way many businesses manage their energy. They work by transmitting meter readings directly to your supplier via a SIM card in the meter, just like a mobile phone.

What are the benefits of having a smart meter?

Smart meters mean less time sending manual meter readings and, generally, more accurate bills. You only pay for what you use, and can budget more easily. You do need a good mobile signal for the meter to be able to send readings.

Why does the government want homes and business to have smart meters?

Smart meters can help people use less energy. Because you’re only paying for what you use, they can also help reduce the cost of energy. They also mean energy companies can help customers find ways to save energy. For suppliers, better understanding of energy use patterns mean the chance to create new pricing plans that better balance supply and demand. Smart meters will play a key role in establishing a future UK smart energy grid. They’ll enable customers to get the lowest energy prices through smart appliances, and help get the country’s energy network working more efficiently.

Do smart meters reduce energy costs?

A smart meter by itself won’t reduce your energy costs. But the accurate energy data that will be provided from future services can help you manage your energy usage and reduce your bills.

How do I get a smart meter?

Smart meter exchanges are free if you’re a British Gas customer. Appointments are typically available within a week of calling. You can choose a two-hour appointment window to minimise disruption to your business. We’ll be contacting all customers to arrange smart meter installations between now and 2020.

If you’re a British Gas electricity customer and would like to be upgraded to a smart meter now, please let us know by visiting our website.

We’ll let you know when smart gas meters can be requested.

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