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We’ve been hear­ing about the ben­e­fits of smart me­ters for months now, but mil­lions of UK con­sumers are frus­trated by de­lays in fit­ting them. Stephen Shawcross from Smart En­ergy GB, which rep­re­sents the in­stal­la­tion pro­gramme, says that, while the plan is to fit more than 50 mil­lion smart gas and elec­tric­ity me­ters in UK homes and busi­nesses by 2020, fewer than seven mil­lion are in place.

‘Smart me­ters are in­stalled to en­ergy sup­pli­ers’ own timeta­bles,’ Stephen ex­plains. The lat­est fig­ures from in­dus­try mag­a­zine En­er­gyst re­port that Bri­tish Gas has in­stalled about 3.5m smart me­ters,

Eon 750,000-plus, SSE about 400,000 and EDF 150,000. At the end of last year, Npower had in­stalled 130,000, and Scot­tish Power 240,000.

Most en­ergy com­pa­nies are car­ry­ing out in­stal­la­tion area by area, rather than re­spond­ing di­rectly to in­di­vid­ual re­quests. So if you want to be first in the queue, what can you do? Ring your en­ergy sup­plier di­rect and ask when in­stal­la­tion is planned for your area. Then fol­low them on Twit­ter to keep up to date.

See smarten­ergy.org

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