Smart meters

All you need to know.

What is a smart meter?

A smart meter is a new generation of energy meter that puts you in control of your energy – by measuring how much you use and on what kind of appliances. Then, unlike your old meter, it shares this info with you – online and on an In-Home Display.

What will a smart meter do for me?

With a smart meter you can say goodbye to the bother of having to submit meter readings, and hello to a savvier way of controlling your energy. 

Track what you're spending in pounds

Spot patterns in your gas and electricity use, and find out where to make savings.

See which appliances cost the most

Use our ‘My Energy Breakdown’ tool to discover the impact of switching your TV off at the wall (and much more).

Give meter readings the heave-ho

No more monthly meter readings. Your smart meter will do it for you.

Get more accurate bills

With readings sent to us automatically, your bills are more accurate as we have real data.

How do smart meters work?

Smart meters use their own secure network to send us your meter readings, separate to your WiFi. You decide how regularly they send us your readings, which then determines how detailed the information is on your In-Home Display.

How to get a smart meter installed for free

It’s easy to get a smart meter installed, and we even do it for free.

Why you should go smart now

Get a first generation meter (SMETS1) fitted now and you’ll have our energy-saving tech at your fingertips. 

SMETS1 meters have been given the thumbs up by millions of Brits – and work with all our smart online energy-saving tools, which help you save energy (and money). 

SMETS2 on the other hand, is a new kind of meter that won’t work with our easy, account management system My OVO. Or with our popular energy-saving tools. But they will be compatible with all energy suppliers when SMETS2 launch at the end of 2018 (providing the release date isn’t pushed back again). 

At OVO, we think SMETS1 are the best choice right now. Although SMETS2 will work with all suppliers from the get-go, lots of people don’t realise that SMETS1 will have that functionality too – as of the end of 2019. So if you’re not planning on switching suppliers within the next 12 months, SMETS1 is the obvious choice.  

Still unsure? Compare the two in our smart meter guide.

Why is the government supporting the smart meter rollout? 

The government wants to upgrade our ageing energy systems and move towards a more-efficient smart electricity grid. 

This will make it easier to control energy supply and demand, so the infrastructure is cheaper to maintain. It also allows more renewable electricity (from sources like wind, tidal, and solar) to be added to the grid, which will help tackle climate change.

Smart meters at OVO

We believe that smart meters are an important step in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and we’ve been championing them, every step of the way.

The proof? 750,000 individual smart meters have been installed in customer homes to date, and that number’s continuing to grow.

If you have smart meter questions, you’re not alone – click here to find answers to these queries and more…

Smart meter installation Code of Practice

We’ve signed up to the Ofgem-approved Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP). You can view the latest version of the Code here.

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