Most people rely on estimated bills, or have to peer into a dusty cupboard under the stairs to give an occasional reading – and that’s before we try to fathom out the foreign language of kilowatt hours and therms.
But change is finally coming. The energy sector is set to be revolutionised, as other markets have been through the impact of digital technology. A vital part of that transformation is the national roll-out of smart meters.
Smart meters are coming to every home and micro-business in Scotland by 2020, to replace old gas and electricity meters with digital technology. They’ll be installed at no additional cost by energy suppliers and they’ll allow customers to take control of their energy use by showing what is being spent on gas and electricity in pounds and pence, in near real-time. Smart meters mean accurate bills and no more estimates, as meter readings are sent directly to the provider via a secure, dedicated network.
In Scotland, in particular, the wider benefits will be significant. Smart meters are more than just a handy device; they will become essential enabling tools for tackling some of the biggest challenges that Scotland faces. ….