More than 8,000 smart me­ters in­stalled in bor­ough

Stockport Express - - Business -

MP Ann Cof­fey is call­ing on res­i­dents to think smart about their en­ergy use this sum­mer, as new Bri­tish Gas data re­veals more than 8,000 smart me­ters have al­ready been in­stalled in homes in Stock­port.

Ann is show­ing her support for the ini­tia­tive fol­low­ing a smart me­ter de­mon­stra­tion by smart en­ergy ex­pert Ja­son For­rest.

Ann wel­comed the news from Bri­tish Gas that some res­i­dents had al­ready had smart me­ters in­stalled free of charge and en­cour­aged other con­stituents to con­sider hav­ing them to help man­age their en­ergy.

Smart me­ters re­place tra­di­tional me­ters in homes and come with a smart en­ergy mon­i­tor, show­ing how much en­ergy is be­ing used and what it is cost­ing, in pounds and pence, in near real-time. By see­ing how much en­ergy is be­ing used, res­i­dents can take con­trol and po­ten­tially make sav­ings on bills.

Ann said: “Smart me­ters are help­ing change the way we live in our homes. They en­able peo­ple to con­trol how much gas and elec­tric­ity they use, avoid­ing un­ex­pected es­ti­mated bills and help­ing them to man­age how they bud­get.

“For any­one seek­ing to re­duce their en­ergy bills, it’s well worth find­ing out more about smart me­ters.”

Ja­son added: “Get­ting smart me­ters in­stalled means you can see how much gas and elec­tric­ity you’re us­ing so you can stop us­ing en­ergy you don’t need to.

“Small changes, like not leav­ing ap­pli­ances on standby or un­plug­ging mo­biles once fully charged, can save en­ergy.”

As part of a Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, all homes in Bri­tain are be­ing of­fered smart me­ters by 2020.

To find out more about hav­ing smart me­ters in­stalled for free in your home, visit www. british­gas.co.uk/smart.

●●MP Anne Cof­fey with Bri­tish Gas smart en­ergy ex­pert Ja­son For­rest

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