What is a smart meter and can I have one?

What are they?

Smart meters are the next generation of metering technology. Not only will they save you the hassle of giving readings manually, but they have the potential to save you money, and make your energy bills more accurate (no more estimates!) They'll also make you more aware of your energy usage and unlock a wealth of game-changing plans.

Can I have one?

Yes. The smart meter programme is at a big transition phase as we start fitting the latest generation of the meter, which doesn't yet work everywhere in the country. Octopus Energy CEO Greg has blogged about some of the challenges.

Just so you know, if you have a SMETS1, it doesn't need to be upgraded to SMETS2. Both are great pieces of tech, the key difference between SMETS1 and SMETS2 is that SMETS2 have the inbuilt functionality to let you change supplier without losing their ‘smart’ ability. However, existing SMETS1 meters will be upgraded remotely (with no engineer visit required) with this functionality later this year.

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