Big Six supplier SSE has announced a major milestone in its smart meter rollout, with the installation of one million devices across the UK.
Smart meters provide customers with near-real time information about how much gas and electricity they are using and how much they are spending.
Energy suppliers must install a total of around 53 million smart meters by the end of 2020.
SSE is investing more than £1 billion to install seven million smart meters across Britain – and said consumers using the technology are already reducing their energy bills.
The government recently published a strong defence of the technology, suggesting it is a “smart choice” for consumers, following the British Infrastructure Group of Parliamentarians’ report stating the rollout will only save the UK around £11 per household.
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: “This milestone for SSE contributes to the 11m meters already empowering customers to reap the rewards of a smart meter. With 400,000 additional meters installed every month, more and more consumers are choosing to take charge of their energy use.
“Smart meters are helping families save money on their bills. They are a vital upgrade to our infrastructure as we move to a smarter, cleaner and more flexible energy system of the future.”
Citizens Advice recently urged the deadline for the smart meter rollout should be extended to 2023.