Is there a downside to having a smart meter?
Although smart meters can help you keep track of your energy use, they could also drive up anxiety with elderly or low-income households if they’re constantly reminded of what they’re spending. This could lead to people depriving themselves of adequate heating or lights.
What are the pros and cons of having a smart meter?
|No need to manually submit readings
|If you have SMETS 1, it may lose smart functionality after you switch
|Easy to monitor your energy usage and spending using in-home display
|In-Home Display may be inaccurate
What are the real benefits of a smart meter?
They give you real time information on your energy use, allowing you to better manage your usage, so you can save money and reduce emissions. They communicate directly with your electricity supplier (who you pay your bills to) which means that no one will need to come and read your meter.