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A smart meter could give you peace of mind if money’s tight

Published on Tuesday, 21st June 2022

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Know how much your energy bills should be and how much to budget.

When you’re on a tight budget it can be a struggle to make ends meet. Even when you’re doing everything you can to save money. A smart meter could make things a bit easier.

Smart meters put you in control of your energy use, allowing you to adopt energy efficiency measures that can help save money on energy bills and offset price increases.

Smart meters record how much electricity or gas you use – just like your existing meters. But with a smart meter, you can also see how much energy you’re using on an in-home display.

Smart meters are installed by gas and electricity companies. They replace your old energy meters, and do it all safely and securely. There is no extra cost to you.

If your gas and electricity bills are addressed to you and you pay them, you can ask your energy supplier for a smart meter. You don’t need your landlord’s permission, but you should let them know.

If you don’t pay your energy bills, ask your landlord to get one installed for you.

Prepay customers, you can get a smart meter too!

A prepay smart meter allows you to top up online, on your mobile or at the shops. You should be able to put money on the meter from the comfort of your home whenever it suits you.

Find out more: Smart meters: a guide for households - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you want a smart meter here’s what to do next

Search ‘get a smart meter’ today. Or get in touch with your energy supplier and ask if you can get one. You can find contact details on your bill. Or to find some supplier’s free-phone and textphone numbers visit: smartenergyGB.org/supplier-free-phone-numbers.

Councillor Clare Golby, Portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said:

“We all know money is tight. My team at the council want to help our customers as much as possible and one way of doing this is to save energy and reduce bills. 

“These smart meters are a good way of monitoring energy use in the home and give you more control. They are provided for free, so we’re encouraging people to take up the offer of having one installed by their energy provider.”