Younger Brits ‘keen on smart PAYG energy meters’

Almost half of consumers in Britain would like to use a smart pay-as-you-go (PAYG) meter for their gas and electricity, according to a new survey. It claims younger people and […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Almost half of consumers in Britain would like to use a smart pay-as-you-go (PAYG) meter for their gas and electricity, according to a new survey.

It claims younger people and those living in the North of the country would drive this revolution, with three out of five 18-34 year olds interested in using smart PAYG technology and 68% would use a smart phone app.

People in the North East (57%), Yorkshire/Humbershire (51%) and the North West (50%) are the most interested in the technology, the research found.

The desire to use smart PAYG is also strong among people currently using prepayment meters, with more than three quarters wanting to use it, Smart Energy GB – the consumer campaign for smart meters – claims.

The news comes as every household in Britain will have a smart meter installed by the end of the decade as part of the Government’s roll-out scheme.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB believes people want flexibility over the way they pay for gas and electricity and smart PAYG will “transform the experience” for prepayment customers.

He added: “It is clear that people want greater control and visibility over how they buy and use energy – and smart pay-as-you-go, made possible by the national roll-out of smart meters, is a big step towards this.”