Smart meters are big in 2018, with their popularity only set to rise as the UK moves even further towards an eco-friendly future.
But did you know that the smart meter isn’t just to help homeowners become more energy-efficient — they’re also ideal for commercial buildings and can help bring down the cost of business gas and electricity usage! Find out how smart meters can help make your company more efficient…
How the smart meter has evolved
So, when did the UK get on board with smart meters? The government has set electricity and mains gas suppliers the target of making the technology available to every home in England, Scotland and Wales by 2020 — that’s 26 million households in total.
But, why are users being encouraged to adopt smart meter use? Essentially, it’s to phase out imprecise estimated readings in favour of up-to-the-minute digital energy usage recordings, taken by smart meters. These measurements are then sent directly to energy suppliers and used to generate fully accurate bills, based on actual usage.
And not only UK homes are eligible. Run a small business with fewer than ten employees? Then, chances are, you’re entitled to a smart meter too. If in doubt, simply ask your energy supplier or broker. If your energy bills are included in the rent you pay for your commercial premises, it’s the bill payer who needs to make the request for your smart meter – so ask your landlord.
How will my business benefit?
OK, precise bills are great, but are there any other advantages to smart meters? The short answer is yes, and these are just some of them:
- No surprises
No more projected bills based on estimated readings.
- Better understanding
A display unit on a smart meter is designed to show the correlation between habits and energy use. This helps you develop awareness and understanding of your energy usage makes you more likely to make smarter money and energy-saving decisions across your business.
- No meter readings
Manual meter readings can be disruptive to the working day, but a smart meter eliminates the need for these.
- Fast response to power cuts
Energy suppliers will be able to respond quicker to power cuts due to better digital connectivity via smart meters.
- Modern approach to energy
The plan for smart meters is to create an integrated smart grid linking different hardware, communications and other technologies together in something of an internet for gas and electricity. Smart meters are a crucial step towards this vision, which will eventually serve homes and businesses alike with more efficient and more cost-effective energy.
- Innovative energy tariffs
New, innovative and increasingly competitive tariffs come out of a greater awareness of customers’ energy use. Smart meters can help with this.
How do I get a smart meter at my business premises?
Just speak to your energy supplier and await the following:
- Decide on a time and day
If you qualify for a smart meter, your energy supplier will be in touch to arrange an installation time. They will work with you to ensure this is a time that works for both parties, and causes minimal disruption to the running of your business
- Allow the supplier access on installation day
A specially trained installer from your energy supplier will call round at the time you agree to fit your smart meter, so make sure you’re there to let them in.
- Plug and play
Once fitted, the installer will show you how it works, and you can ask any questions you have.
Opinions on smart meters
Recent surveys show that the UK energy user is generally very happy with their smart meters. For example, the Smart Meter Customer Experience Study carried out in August 2017 by the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy revealed that 80% of those surveyed were satisfied with the technology itself, while 89% were pleased with the installation visit.
Look into getting your smart meter installed today!