How to get a Smart meter
Thanks to a government initiative, every household in the UK can get a free Smart meter from their energy provider. If you’re a Co-op Energy customer, you will soon be able to get a Co-op Energy Smart meter. Watch this space for more information.
Are Smart meters safe?
Smart meters use radio waves to communicate, just like TVs and mobile phones. Public Health England says that there is no evidence to suggest that the low-level waves emitting from smart meters do us any damage. Smart meters also have to pass both UK and EU product safety legislation, so they are perfectly safe to use. (Source: Public Health England)
Do Smart meters need internet?
No, Smart meters don’t need WiFi to work. They use a separate and secure WAN network, similar to the one used by your mobile phone, to communicate with us. This is highly unlikely to interfere with your home WiFi signal.
How to read a Smart meter
You don’t have to! One big benefit of Smart meters is that they send readings to us automatically. If you’d like to check your usage yourself, you can do this by looking at the digital display on the front of your meter. You may have to wait for it to cycle through a few screens before you reach your meter reading. Alternatively, just check your historical usage on your in-home display screen.
How much can I save with a Smart meter?
According to a government estimate, the average household will save 3% on their energy bill by 2030 – which equates to £43 a year. However, if your Smart meter changes your energy usage habits significantly, you could be saving much more than that. (Source: Commons Select Committee)
Why is my energy provider offering Smart meters?
In the hope of making energy bills more fair and transparent, the UK government has asked energy suppliers to make sure every home in the country has a Smart meter by 2020. And the good news is, they’re absolutely free.