Smart Meters // What is a Smart Meter?

June 5, 2018

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have caught one of the adverts for the Smart Meter roll out. Whether you’ve heard the radio advert in the car or vaguely recall seeing something as you waited for your favourite program to come on TV.

The short version of these adverts is that energy suppliers are offering households across Britain the opportunity to switch over to a self-reading Smart Meter. Sounds great right? But what is a Smart Meter?

What is a Smart Meter?

The easiest way to explain the Smart Meter switchover is the replacement of traditional manual reading dial faced meters with digital smart meters, which together with an in-home display will help provide you with near real-time energy usage information.

Digital Meter Readings

Despite thinking that I am an organised person (hey I made my living from organising people), I am incapable of submitting a meter reading on time. I’ve tried setting up reminders which still didn’t spur me into getting my act together. Estimated bills have become part and parcel of my life and finally force me into submitting a meter reading in order to receive an accurate bill. Switching to a Smart Meter uploads meter readings directly to E.ON on my behalf! Thus providing me with more accurate energy bills (insert happy face!).

Energy Usage

I’m forever muttering to myself when the lights are left on making the house look like Blackpool Illuminations. I’m probably more annoyed that I have to then switch them off rather than the energy cost. However, after seeing the effect that this has on our energy usage via the in-home display, I’m now muttering about the financial cost too.

The benefits of a Smart Meter is that it shows in near real-time information on in-home. I *may* have become a little obsessed with it and glance at as I pass by it throughout the day. I can see whether our energy usage is low, medium or high with colour coded lights on the in-home display. Switching appliances on and off to see which cost the most to run (the oven was the most shocking one!)

How to get a Smart Meter Installed

Head over to your energy suppliers website to see whether the Smart Meter rollout has started within your area. If not, register your interest for when Smart Meter installations will start to take place.

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17 Comments

  • Jon June 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Great post this. We’ve not only got a smart meter but also a smart boiler with a Tado installed. They all save us so much money on our energy bills!

  • Sim @ Sim's Life June 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Anything that makes my life easier is always appreciated! I haven’t got a smart meter as yet so I guess I should start looking into making it happen 🙂 Sim x

  • Erica Hughes June 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve ummmed and ahhhed about getting one fitted. The truth is I tend to switch everything I can off anyway. I guess it might focus my son’s mind more though.

  • Sophie's Nursery June 6, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I’ m useless at sending meter readings so this would be perfect. Also I would be obsessed with energy usage too – must get one! x

  • Claire Justine June 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I have heard about this but keep forgetting to look into it more. Sounds like a great idea.

  • Donna @ Little Lilypad Co June 6, 2018 at 11:55 am

    We had one installed just before Christmas and I “may” be a little obsesses with it!! I go round the house seeing which appliances use the most energy 🙂

    Great post!

  • Emma Bradley June 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Smart meters can be a game changer for many – it is certainly worth looking into.

  • Cath - BattleMum June 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I don’t think there’s anything like them in Portugal but if one becomes available I’d definitely get one. And like you I’m sure I’d become obsessed with it and our energy consumption!

  • Laura Dove June 6, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I really need to get one like this, I think it would save us money in the long term!

  • Stephanie June 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    We haven’t got one yet, but I don’t think it will be long before we have to install one

  • fashionandstylepolice June 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I need to get a smart meter for our home. It would be so handy.

  • Lauren Davis June 7, 2018 at 12:26 am

    These are such great little gadgets, is scary to see how much energy you use in a day. Is great that you can even in a small way reduce the amount of energy you use. Every little bit helps!

  • becky June 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    we SO need to sort this out!

  • THe Willow Tree June 10, 2018 at 7:03 am

    We’ve just had one of these installed! I tend to not watch the price go up and I am then want to turn the lights off! But its so much better than what we originally had!

  • Jenni June 10, 2018 at 10:46 am

    We have a smart meter for electricity but not gas yet as they couldn’t fit it where the meter is. I keep meaning to sort the space out for it so this has reminded me

  • Kara Guppy June 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    We were one of the first in the country to get a smart meter and it has saved us so much money. I love to see what I am spending my money on and it has certainly made us more careful

  • Fiona jk42 July 29, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    We’ve had the gas supplier come round to install a smart meter on 2 occasions, each time being told that our gas supply is not suitable as we have a commercial grade meter. So unfortunately we have to carry on with submitting meter readings ourselves.

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