The smart meter programme is coordinated by the government, who want every home in Britain to have a smart meter. Smart meters are seen as a key enabling technology in understanding and managing Britain’s energy use as we move to a low carbon future. Electric cars, more widespread adoption of embedded generation such as solar PV and future electrical heating systems will require smart meters to work at their best and keep Britain going.
Smart meters also benefit the consumer. Smart meters ensure more accurate bills as energy suppliers don’t have to rely on their customers to send meter readings in, or have to estimate usage based on historical data. They make consumers more aware of what uses energy in their home, which can lead to changes in habits that save energy and money.