LETTER: Smart meters

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Across the South East of the country from Brighton to Luton, Hastings to Fareham, many people are not confident in the accuracy of their gas and electricity bills and feel they don’t have the information they need to choose the right tariff.

And over 400,000 households across the region are using clunky and expensive pre-pay key meters.

Despite the South East having the lowest rate of fuel poverty many families are still struggling to pay for this large chunk of the household budget.

Smart meters are coming to every home, and they’re going to transform this outdated experience.

Between now and 2020, every home and micro-business will be offered a smart meter, installed by energy suppliers at no additional cost.

No more meter readings, no more ‘estimated bills’ – you get an accurate bill and only pay for what you’ve actually used.

Could you imagine having to call your mobile phone company to tell then how many minutes you’d used?

Smart meters measure the gas and electricity you use and communicate directly with your energy supplier.

The handheld display tells you in near real time how much energy you’re using and what it costs, in a language we all understand – pounds and pence.

This will allow us all to take control of how we buy and use gas and electricity.

You can learn more about the roll-out of smart meters and the benefits they will bring by visiting smartenergygb.org.

Sacha Deshmukh

chief executive

Smart Energy GB

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