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Council awarded grant to promote Smart meters

November 7, 2017
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The Council has been awarded a grant of £2250 from the ‘Smart Energy GB in Communities fund’ to help promote smart Meters to people aged 65+ who do not have internet access.

The Council is promoting Smart Meters to older people without internet access by visiting a range of older people’s groups from across the Borough to answer their questions about smart meters.

Every home will have the opportunity to upgrade to a smart meter, at no extra cost, as part of the national smart meter rollout. The rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure.

Smart meters are the simple way to control your energy use. They come with an in-home display that shows how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, and enable accurate bills instead of estimates.

The Smart Energy GB in Communities fund is a central part of Smart Energy GB’s work to ensure everyone in Great Britain hears about smart meters and knows how to use them to help monitor their gas and electricity usage.

The fund is managed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and is being delivered by a consortium of charities – National Energy Action (NEA), Energy Action Scotland (EAS) and CAF.

Cabinet Lead for Environment Cllr Rupert Kyrle said:

‘Smart meters make it easier for our residents to identify when they are using a lot of energy and acting on that information could help to reduce the energy you use and save you money. They also put an end to estimated bills, no more having to read the meter yourself or strangers coming into your home for meter readings.’

About Smart Energy GB in Communities Smart Energy GB in Communities is part of Smart Energy GB’s campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they can bring.

Through Smart Energy GB in Communities, Smart Energy GB is partnering with regional and local organisations from the voluntary and public sectors. This means Smart Energy GB is able to work with trusted, expert organisations across the country to ensure people understand the benefits of smart meters and know how to get one.

Smart Energy GB in Communities is being delivered by a consortium of charities: National Energy Action (NEA), Energy Action Scotland (EAS) and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

About smart meters and the rollout Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy.

The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. About seven million smart meters have already been installed in homes and microbusinesses, and between now and 2020 every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter at no extra cost. Contact your energy supplier today about installing your smart meter.

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