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What is a SMART meter?

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ll have some sort of meter in your home. If it’s electricity, gas, two-rate, three-rate, prepay, it doesn’t matter - all these can be replaced by a Smart meter.

If you haven’t got a Smart meter yet, your current meter will be what’s referred to as a ‘dumb’ meter. This means you’ll have to give your supplier monthly meter readings, so they’re able to send you bills based on the amount of energy you use. This is where Smart meters are a bit…well…smarter.

Smart meters are linked to a central database called Smart DCC. This is then linked directly to your supplier, so your Smart meter can tell them exactly how much energy you’re using and when you’re using it. This gives you a couple of important benefits; first, no more digging under the stairs to find your meter reading and second, helping your supplier understand when you are using your energy means that they can begin to create energy tariffs tailored to your home or business.

Most Smart meters will also come with an In-Home Device or IHD. This is a display which will show you, in real time, the energy you’re using and the cost of that energy, allowing you to keep track of how much you spend on the appliances in your property. You may also be able to track this energy use over time and get a better understanding of how best to use it.

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