Despite the benefits of smart meters, some businesses are resistant to having one installed. So here we address the top 4 myths about smart meters.
- Smart meters can cause cancer because they emit radiation
No. Smart meters have to pass the same tests as anything else in your house or business, like smart phones and microwaves.
- The data isn’t safe
Smart meters are really safe. The data encryption is the same as is used by banks. SMETS2 meters don’t send data over the internet, it’s a separate, closed network.
- Your smart meter spies on you
Again, no. Smart meter data is purely about use. Your smart meter, and therefore your supplier, don’t know exactly what you’re doing that is using electricity.
- Suppliers can use the data for marketing
They can’t, at least not without your permission. They do have access to your daily electricity use but they can’t pass that on to anyone without your say so.
- Smart meters don’t save you money
While they don’t automatically save you money, they provide helpful data. You can use this to understand your own energy use. Your supplier can offer you a contract tailored to your own requirements.
Suppliers are installing SMETS2 meters, which are the second generation of smart meters. Using a government organisation called the Data Communications Company (DCC), they send your meter readings to us remotely, securely and reliably and will make switching easier.
Smart meters are a step forward towards the UK smart grid and they’re free. The existing charges in your electricity bill cover the cost, in the same way as they pay for non-smart meters.
It takes about 60 minutes to install a smart meter and you’ll have to switch your electricity off while the engineer installs the meter. But that’s it.
Watch our video about smart meters for business to learn more.