Government plan to install smart meters will help cut energy bills – Jenny Willott MP

September 15, 2014 11:36 AM

At the Which? energy advice surgery in Cardiff

Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, is backing the Coalition Government's strategy, which requires energy companies to install smart meters in all homes and small businesses, to allow residents to make better informed choices about how much energy they use and who they buy it from.

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. They are part of the Government's plan for upgrading the UK's energy system.

The aim is for all homes and small businesses to have smart meters by 2020. Energy suppliers will be required to install smart meters and take all reasonable steps to install them for everybody.

Consumers with smart meters will be given an in-home display that lets them see how much energy they are using and what it will cost.

Between now and 2020 energy suppliers will be responsible for replacing over 53 million gas and electricity meters. This will involve visits to 30 million homes and small businesses.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:

"In Government, the Liberal Democrats are determined to reduce the cost of living for families and businesses in Cardiff Central. Smart electricity and gas meters are an important part of the Coalition's policy to help cut energy bills for consumers, reduce costs for businesses and bring down our emissions.

"Smart meters will let local residents have more control over what they use and help them save energy and money. In-home displays will show energy consumption in real time and its cost in pounds and pence. This will allow residents to manage their energy use and bring an end to estimated billing so people will only be billed for the energy they actually use, helping them to budget better. They will also help people switch energy suppliers more quickly and easily."

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