Smart meters ‘a benefit for people in fuel poverty’

Smart meters are a benefit for people who live in fuel poverty. Ted Brown, Chairman at Energy Saving Trust said the technology will allow customers to change their behaviour on […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Smart meters are a benefit for people who live in fuel poverty.

Ted Brown, Chairman at Energy Saving Trust said the technology will allow customers to change their behaviour on how they use energy.

Speaking to ELN at a Smart Metering Forum he said: “Talking about fuel poverty covers people who live in their own houses, in rented accommodation, in social housing. And it is going to be very different in those different groups. Many social housing groups for example are very keen to offer smart meters to people who are potentially in fuel poverty because it helps them in their lives.

 

“People who live in their own homes need that help and guidance to say you must obviously heat your house but you can do it more sensibly this way and this way. So I think for those people particularly there is a benefit in smart meters.”

Mr Brown added smart meters could make energy more affordable for customers as they give information on how to save energy but they need to talk and follow advices from other customers and their energy suppliers.

The government is backing a Smart Meter Rollout over the next five years across the nation.