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Smart technology

Smart meters are seriously clever technology that help you keep on top of the energy you’re using without lifting a finger. They record how much gas and electricity you're using in real time, and then send data directly to us – and your smartphone or ‘In Home Display’.

Smart meters are good news for you because: 

1. You’ll never have to submit meter readings again.
2. You can accurately track your energy use. 
3. You can use this real-time info to see where you’re using lots of energy, then potentially cut down and save money.

Smart meter installation 

We think this clever new technology is great news for customers, and we’ll provide you with a free smart meter installation, as long as your home is suitable. There’s advice to help you prepare for smart meter installation, info on how long it will take, and a copy of The Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP).

Getting started with your smart meter

There’s plenty of help to get you started with your smart meter, including what the lights and buttons mean, what will change (and what won’t). 

Smart meter troubleshooting 

Want to know how to take a meter reading using a smart meter? Wondering about how we keep your data safe? Or what to do if the smart meter stops communicating, it’s all included in this OVO Answers topic.

In-Home Displays explained

When you book a smart meter appointment, you will be offered a handy device called an In-Home Display (IHD). There’s lots of info in this topic if you need a hand getting to grips with how to use it, including how to switch it on and what the buttons mean.

PAYG smart meters

We think smart meters are a great idea for PAYG customers too – find out more about smart PAYG and how to top up.  

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What are the rules about having a smart meter?
There are actually very few rules about having a smart meter, but a lot of urban myths. These are some of the real and unreal rules we get asked about.
How do my smart meters communicate?
The great thing about smart meters is the way they ‘talk’ to each other and to us. They also talk to you, through interactive visual displays.
What else will change when I get a smart meter?
Once your smart meter is installed, the only changes will be good ones. Like the interactive displays that help you keep tabs on your energy use.
What are the benefits of smart meters?
The government wants 26 million homes in the UK to have smart meters by 2020. They believe there are all kinds of benefits – and we do too.
What is a PAYG smart meter?
What is a PAYG smart meter?
A PAYG smart meter is exactly the same as any other smart meter. It’s just that we programme it to work in a different mode.
Are smart meters safe?
Smart meters are relatively new technology, so you may be concerned about their effect on your home and family’s safety. Rest assured, there’s no need to worry.
What happens if I can’t have a smart meter installed?
The government wants 26 million homes in the UK to have smart meters by 2020. However, they’re not yet suitable for every kind of property.
How do I top up my smart meter?
Our smart meters are designed to be flexible, making them easier and more convenient to top up than a traditional meter.
How do you protect the data in my smart meter?
We keep the information in your smart meter secure with encryption, controlled access and other security, including ways agreed with the government.
What data do you take from my smart meter, and why?
With a smart meter, we can collect details of the energy supply to your home and your energy use, and monitor your meter to make sure it’s working properly.

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