Smart meters ‘changing 85% of consumers’ energy habits’

Around 85% of people with smart meters have cut energy use by changing how they act around the house. That’s according to a new report from Smart Energy GB, based […]

By Jonny Bairstow

Around 85% of people with smart meters have cut energy use by changing how they act around the house.

That’s according to a new report from Smart Energy GB, based on a 2,557-person survey of energy behaviour before and after upgrading to the new technology.

The research shows smart meters are generally having a positive impact on how people interact with electricity.

Nearly two in three (63%) consumers have looked into ways they could reduce their energy use and more than half (56%) have improved the energy efficiency standards of their homes.

Smart meters enable consumers to see exactly what they are spending on gas and electricity in real-time, making it easier to monitor and reduce usage.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said: “These results show that smart meters are helping millions of households to get their gas and electricity under control.

“People with smart meters understand what they need to do and are changing their behaviour to save energy.”

A software company has won a contract to support the UK’s smart meter rollout, which some say could cost £1 billion more than government estimates.

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