Save money on your energy bills
None of us want to pay more for our energy than we have to. But saving money doesn’t mean we should use less energy than we need – it’s important to have enough light and warmth to stay safe and comfortable at home.
On this page we’ll look at:
- how to get a better energy deal
- whether you should get a prepayment meter
- some simple changes you can make to cut your energy bills
- some larger energy saving changes you can make
- what a smart meter is
- what to do next
What is a smart meter and will I get one?
Smart meters are a new type of energy meter being offered to every household in England, Wales and Scotland. You don’t have to pay to have a smart meter installed.
Smart meters record exactly how much gas or electricity you use and automatically send regular readings to your energy company. This means you won’t have to take meter readings anymore and should get accurate bills (although it’s still a good idea to check that your bills match the amount of energy you’ve used).
Smart meters come with a small, easy to use device (known as an in-home display unit), which sits in your home and allows you to see how much energy you’re using in kilowatt hours (kWh) and how much it’s costing you in pounds and pence.
Every home will be offered a smart meter by 2020. When you can get one installed depends on your supplier’s plans, where you live and what type of meter you have. If you’re interested in getting a smart meter, check with your supplier about what would happen if you wanted to switch to a different deal.