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Time to get smart

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Published on 21 August 2019 11:57 AM

You have probably heard about smart meters, some good things, some not-so-good and perhaps somethings that are plain confusing!

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, Age UK Notts and Age UK Derby and Derbyshire have partnered up to  work with Smart Energy GB to make sure that older people across the East Midlands have access to the truth and facts about smart meters and are able to make an informed decision about whether to choose to have one fitted.

Smart Energy GB is the campaign for a smarter Britain. It's their task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to be cleaner and greener with their energy use.

Between now and the end of October 2019, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire will be engaging with groups of older people across Derby and Derbyshire to make them aware of the benefits of this new technology, answer their questions and hopefully, dispel some of the myths that have grown around smart meters.

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Here are some details to help you decide:

What are they?

A smart meter can be fitted at no extra cost and replaces your current meter. This is coupled with a handheld in-home display unit that shows you your home energy consumption. 

Can everyone get one?

We’re all entitled to a smart meter as part of the rollout. Some of us will have to wait longer than others to get our new meter, but you can ask your energy supplier directly to see if yours can be fitted now. How soon you can get your smart meter depends on your energy supplier, where you live, your current meter type and what kind of home you live in.

Do I have to get one?

The government requires energy suppliers to offer smart meters to all homes and small businesses across Great Britain. It is your choice whether you wish to upgrade to a smart meter. You can upgrade and there are potential benefits to doing so.

What are the benefits?

  • No more estimated bills: Your remote, wireless in-home display unit shows you what gas and electric you have used and how much this is costing, in pounds and pence.
  • Reduce energy bills:  Knowing how much you have spent can help with budgeting and to save energy on items that are using electricity and don’t need to be on, for example a TV on standby, lights on in a room when no one is using it.
  • No more meter reads: Going down into the cellar or squeezing yourself into cupboards to get the meter reading will be a thing of the past, as the readings are automatic. This means you’ll l only be paying for electricity you are using, rather than those annoying estimated bills that can sometimes be way off.
  • Greener energy supply: Smart meters will play a key role in the creation of a new smart grid. Our energy supply could be greener because the smart grid will be able to supply more reliable, efficient and low-carbon energy to households and help us all to manage our valuable resources more efficiently. Smart meters can’t solve climate change on their own but with the smarter, more energy efficient grid they help to create, they’re a start.

How do I get one now?

Simply  contact your energy supplier for more information’.  Eligibility may vary. Available in England, Scotland and Wales.

Further information

You can get more information about smart meters and how to get one fitted on the Smart Energy G.B. website:

If you would like more information about the engagement events that will be taking place across Derby and Derbyshire, please email:

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