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Smart meter statistics
How are Brits’ attitudes to energy changing?
While it can feel like you’re opening a can of worms each time you check your electricity bill, having an idea of the sort of figures to expect can make the whole experience much less stressful. With the help of a smart meter, you can avoid sky-high energy bills, become more aware of your environmental impact and keep track of every watt of energy you’re using.
In 2009, the governmental body BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) kicked off the Smart Meters Implementation Programme, a scheme that pledged to provide a total of 53 million smart meters to over 26 million homes, smaller businesses and public sector premises. The government’s original target was to have them installed in all homes by 2019, a goal that was later postponed to 2020. The rollout of the programme began eight years ago in 2011, and with only one more year to go before the government’s target is meant to be reached, what does the public think about smart meters? And, crucially, has the use of smart meters resulted in changed behaviour among consumers?
Number of smart meters
15.3 million operational smart meters have been installed as part of the scheme, according to data recorded in March 2019. This equates to an average of 564,474 meters installed per quarter across the UK.
The implementation of smart meters hasn’t gone entirely smoothly, though. The first generation of smart meters, called “SMETS1” meters, have only a few birthdays left before they clock out for good. They age quickly and, unfortunately, not well. This is a problem that’s been exacerbated by the fact that suppliers ended up installing 12.5 million SMETS1s – 7 million more than planned. They work well until the user wants to change energy suppliers, which means that there’s likely to be 7 million meters exchanged in the not too distant future.
Level of interest in smart meters by age
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