You have probably seen the Gaz & Leccy adverts promoting Smart Meters and even though you may be off mains gas, you can get a Smart Meter for your electricity supply.

We are working with our partners in the ACRE Network and Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of the smart meter roll out. We’re promoting smart meters to off mains gas residents in Devon. We are working with Action with Communities in Rural England and Smart Energy GB to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in the smart meter rollout, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.

Smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. Smart meters take regular readings and share these wirelessly, through a secure network, with your energy supplier. You don’t need Wi-Fi in your home for it to work and it won’t use your Wi-Fi if you have it, and most rural locations will be covered by the network which covers 99.25 per cent of Great Britain.
The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. Between now and 2020, every home and micro-business across England, Scotland, and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier. Over four million smart meters have already been installed.

What are the benefits of installing a smart meter?

A smart meter will enable you to see exactly how much energy you’re using, as you use it, and what it is costing. You can also see your cumulative energy use over periods of time. Once you have a smart meter, you’ll only get accurate bills from your energy supplier.

  • No more estimated bills
  • No one from an energy supplier having to come and read your meter
  • No extra cost to you the householder

In the future, smart meters will make switching between suppliers, or between credit and prepay, quicker and easier. If you are a prepay customer, you will also be able to top up online or via a phone.

Smart meters can only be installed by energy suppliers in a pre-arranged appointment and you will not be charged for installation. When you are eligible depends on many factors, such as the age of your existing meter and the type of housing you live in.

To find out more please visit the Smart Energy GB website - smartenergyGB.org or contact us at info@devoncommunities.org.uk