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Smart Meter: Update

Over the past year or so I have been speaking about how smart meters are rolling out across the UK, in my last post I looked at what some real users of smart meters were saying about how they have helped them really save money on their energy bills.

However, as the months past there are more people having smart meters fitted and us such there is more feedback and information on how they are really working for the people of the UK.

For the basis of this post I am using a survey conducted independently on behalf Smart Energy UK and saw 10,000 people spoken to about their journey with smart meters.

Perhaps one of the biggest findings of this survey is how smart meters are standing the test of time, as researchers have found that 78% of respondents are still checking their meters on a regular (at least a couple of times a month) basis. Meaning it does have staying power and is in fact something that people will keep using month on month to check their energy usage and hopefully see how they can reduce it to keep those bills down.

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Other findings from the survey indicate that 84% of people now feel they have a better understanding of the energy usage, while 80% of people with a smart meter have taken at least one step to help bring down their energy bills.

However, most telling of all, when it comes to the acceptance of smart meters in UK homes, is that a huge 79% of the people surveyed would recommend smart meters to friends and family. If you would like to read the full results of the survey just click here.

Personally I will be getting a smart meter fitted when I am offered one, as not only do I like the fact it lets you get a real grasp on the energy you are using around the home, but it also sends readings directly to the company, so no more estimated bills.

If you are yet to have a smart meter fitted, then never fear as everyone in the UK will be offered the chance to upgrade free of charge by 2020.

What do you think of the idea of a smart meter, is it something you are looking to have installed in your home?

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*Written in collaboration with Smart Energy GB

This article has 62 comments

  1. Alli Smith

    I think Smart Meters are a great idea. I’m all about looking for ways to save money on my energy bills.

  2. Missi - Life is Poppin'

    What a great concept. I would think everyone would want to cut down on energy costs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Williams

    I love this smart meter.

  4. Fashion and Style Police

    I think smart meters are really cool. I need one.

  5. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    I think if I had a smart meter my kids would be more conscious of conserving energy, especially if they were competing to keep the number down. Great idea.

  6. oana79

    I’d love to have one in the house, could make such a difference I imagine!

  7. Hannah

    We have one of these and it’s made such a difference! Saving so much money now x

  8. Pam

    I am all about anything that could help reduce energy bills. That is one place where I find it hard to save money.

  9. Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui

    Saving money? Count me in! Technology has come a long way and this is just another step in the right direction.

  10. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I have been adding smart home features to different parts of my house. This smart meter sounds like a great addition. It would really help me figure out where all the energy is being used.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I already have Hive for my heating – we reviewed it at the old place and I had to have it fitted here as it had saved us so much money, it pays for itself in the long run – I’d love to add some more bits as well. x

  11. Christy Maurer

    It would definitely be a way to keep track of what you’re spending on energy bills! I am sure most of us have no idea how much the things in our house use.

  12. tara pittman

    What a great idea! This would help people to save energy.

  13. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    I think a smart meter could be a good thing if it helps you reduce the energy you use. It helps to see what you are using to know where to cut.

  14. Jennifer L.

    i think this is a really good idea for everyone to have! it would be interesting to see just how much energy is used and then try to reduce it!

  15. Liz Mays

    It sounds like these smart meters are really helpful. It’s great that so many people would recommend them to family and friends.

  16. Krystel @ PlanningThe Magic

    I appreciate these facts. I definitely have to invest in one of these.

  17. Melanie Smith

    Smart meter is so helpful! I think everyone should have it.

  18. Amy Jones

    Smart meters are nice, I want one!

  19. Amanda Love

    I think it’s the perfect solution for people to be aware of how much energy they’re using. That way they won’t just try to save on their bills but conserve energy as well. It’s definitely better to have this in your home.

  20. Elizabeth O.

    This is really helpful. Having this at home will definitely make you more aware of your energy consumption and in return, you’ll try to think of ways to conserve it to control your bill as well.

  21. Courtneylynne

    Smart meters sound like the way to go! I think I need one in my home to help me out.

  22. victoria

    This is an interesting post, and it helps for our energy bill.

  23. Yandra

    THE smart meter sounds like a great idea. Saving money on anything, especially electricity is always a bonus,

  24. Terri Beavers

    I’ve been trying to save money on my energy. I’d love to have a smart meter fitted in my home. It’s great that everyone will be able to upgrade free in the UK.

  25. Mimi Green

    I get the notifications about changing out our meters but I’ve not really looked into it. Sounds like I need to really look into it.

  26. Dana

    We don’t have anything like that where I live, but it is such a smart thing to have. I’d love to be able to monitor the energy we use at home, seeing where we can cut some of the monthly household bills!

  27. Momina Arif

    This is such a smart idea. I’d love to have something this intelligent. I’m sure it a great saving idea.

  28. Bre | Maintaining Me

    Thanks for the article! I am all for saving money where I can!

  29. Chubskulit Rose

    I wish they have that here, we could have been saving money with our bills too.

  30. Cassie Tucker

    I wish we had a Smart Meters here. We just still have the old dial meters.

  31. Ileana

    This looks like such a good idea! A great way to keep track of money!
    xoxo,

    Ileana

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It definitely is as I think electric is something you have no idea about mostly – I mean I have no idea how much I use day in day out, hopefully something like this would put me back in control. x

  32. Rachel Mouton

    What a great meter. This is such a great way to give a tangible way to keep up with energy costs.

  33. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow, this could save tons of money. I hope to get one for our home.

  34. Rose Pingol

    I haven’t seen anything like that in person. Sounds perfect for our home, we need to conserve energy.

  35. n

    Smart meter sounds really awesome! I need to have smaller bills on my electricity.

  36. Niesha Byln

    This is a nice idea. I wish that I can look for this at our local stores in the malls.

  37. anthea

    I like the concept but I’m always wary of anything that sends data about your usage back to a company. It’s a bit big brother.

  38. Echo

    Smart meters sound like a wonderful, money saving tool! I love having more ways to cut costs!

  39. Charli Bruce

    I think smart meters are great, they definitely help save so much money! We spend next to nothing on our energy bills xx

  40. Bill S

    What a great way to save on utilities!! I know my kids could use some help with remembering to turn off lights.

  41. Nikka Shae

    Smart meter sounds interesting and I’m going to have to look into this for my home.

  42. Hayley Todd

    I think Smart Meters are a brilliant idea. We don’t currently have one, but I am going to read more into them as we do spend so much on our energy bills!

  43. Anvita

    I would love to have one. Such a good idea to same some money on electricity bills

  44. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I like the idea of having a smart meter at home but I don’t think we’re anywhere near having one.

  45. Jenny

    This sounds like such a fantastic idea for saving money and reducing energy consumption. I think most people don’t realize how much energy they use with leaving lights on or holding the refrigerator door open for a long time or having AC set super high. Being able to see the numbers probably helps out a lot.

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