Smart Meter // How To Get A Smart Meter Installed

Just before Christmas, we received an email from our energy supplier E.ON informing us about the Smart Meter rollout that is happening across Britain. Energy suppliers are on a drive to get as many households as possible to replace their current energy meters with self-reading Smart Meters. The change over to a Smart Meter will bring an end to estimated bills and having to send in monthly meter readings. Partnered with an in-home display, householders are then able to track energy usage as well as the amount they are spending in near real-time.

How To Get A Smart Meter Installed

As someone who seems incapable of submitting a meter reading on time, I immediately headed over to the website to register my interest. Taking a look at the E.ON Smart Meter section I was able to find out further details about what is a Smart Meter and the benefits of switching to a Smart Meter. After logging into our energy online account I was able to submit our interest in the switchover and was advised that I would be contacted once the rollout was happening in my local area.

Following this initial registering of interest, we were contacted around two months ago to check that we were still interested in getting Smart Meters installed. As well as run through the type of meters we had, where they are located and also whether you have credit or pre-paid meters (Smart Meters are available to both credit and pre-paid customers). Alongside this, E.ON asked if we were happy for meter readings to be taken digitally from the Smart Meter. Also how frequently you are happy for this to take place (monthly, weekly or every 30 minutes). Once all the details had been confirmed an appointment for an engineer to attend was made.

Engineer Visit

When the engineer appointment was booked we were advised that it would take approximately one hour per energy meter to replace. With each energy supply being switched off for approx 20-30 minutes during the switchover (so make sure you’ve made a drink beforehand). As I had Piglet home with me during the appointment she couldn’t understand why the TV was no longer working. Thankfully I had downloaded one of her cartoons on to the tablet to occupy her (she has a room full of toys but obviously needed electronic stimulation at the time).

In order for the energy supply to be switched off, access to the fuse box and gas shut off valve was required. Luckily ours are easy to find but I know in our old home they were hidden in the cupboard of doom under the stairs (which would require much tidying before accessing).

Once the Smart Meters are installed the engineer will double check the gas appliances and that the electricity had come back on correctly – much to Piglet’s relief that CBeebies could be enjoyed once again. It is at this point that the engineer hands over the in-home display meter (which looks scary) but will soon become a bit of an obsession.

In-Home Display

The in-home display meter has become my latest technology obsession. It gives me the ability to view our energy usage throughout the day – as well as the cost of this energy (not including standing charge or VAT).

Enabling me to track the surges and see whether I’m running my home appliances more efficiently. For example, double checking that the dishwasher and washing machine is full before switching on. Switching light bulbs to energy saving bulbs, and of course, learning to switch lights off as they are no longer required.

More information on Smart Meters

For further information on Smart Meters please visit your energy suppliers website.

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Photo Credit: Kari Shea Sarah Dorweiler

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9 Comments

  1. June 13, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I am actually obsessed with my smart meter. I love it! My kids don’t love it so much when I am going round the house turning off all the devices though 😉

  2. June 13, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    We had one in our old place and I can’t wait to get ours installed in our current house. They came out to do it but there’s some problems with our ‘box’… so they were having to wait until a new smaller design was brought out.

  3. becky
    June 13, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Ooh i want one!!!

  4. June 13, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    This sounds great. I can imagine my husband being a bit obsessed with it though.

  5. June 14, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    We are definitely getting one of these, my FIL has one, and we are really inspired to get one too… makes you really aware of what you get up to!

  6. June 14, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    I really need to look into getting a smart meter installed, it’s just the hassle of arranging it that puts me off. Good to know it’s easier than expected though! Sim x

  7. June 15, 2018 / 9:49 am

    I think the smart meters are excellent, I love being able to see all that data and then make good money saving decisions. Mich x

  8. June 15, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Oh that sounds simple enough! I definitely want to get a smart meter installed, it sounds as though there are fab savings to be made. We could all do with being a little smarter with energy efficiency!

  9. Cheryl Hadfield
    June 15, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    We are wuth eon too i’m sure ours shows standing charge as well included as midnight each night it goes to 45p which is the combined standing charges for the day ahead…its saved our family so much already

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