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All you need to know about the new generation of smart meters and the 2020 rollout

It’s a great time to get a smart meter. The government agrees, as they want all energy suppliers to install smart meters to British homes by 2020. And anything that encourages people to save energy is great with us.

For starters, we install them at no cost to you. And even better, we’re installing the new generation of smart meters, called SMETS2.

As well as the catchy name, a SMETS2 smart meter has all the same energy-saving features as the last generation meter, SMETS1. So you still won’t have to submit irritating meter readings.

But here’s the best bit. The SMETS2 smart meter will be cross-compatible with other SMETS2-ready energy suppliers in the future. So if you switch, you won’t need to have a meter exchange and you won’t lose your smart meter features.

And if that isn’t enough, having a smart meter can also unlock the benefits of the most innovative, upcoming household energy technology. Think home batteries. Electric vehicles.

Like we said. It’s a great time.

What does SMETS stand for?

SMETS stands for  ‘Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications’, which is pretty self-explanatory (and proof, if it were needed, that the government loves a good acronym).

SMETS2 meter features with OVO Energy

SMART meters have many benefits – and all of them designed to make your life easier.

  • These new meters have highest standard of security for householder data.

  • The meter will automatically submit your meter readings to us.

  • This means all your bills will be accurate, rather than estimated.  

  • You’ll soon be able to see how much energy different appliances use, which could help you to cut down what you’re spending.

  • And installation is free.

When’s the official SMETS2 rollout?

The initial SMETS2 meter rollout has commenced as of September 2018.


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