Smart Energy Outlook | Collaboration

Every six months, Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter, rollout a survey to around 10,000 people up and down the country to understand their attitudes towards the energy industry and learn about their thoughts and feelings about smart meters. You've probably seen me talking about this research before, and the results of the latest survey are now out. So, what does it say about how the British public feel about smart meters?

 The Smart energy outlook research shows that almost everyone in Great Britain is now aware of what a gas and electricity smart meter is. 97 per cent, yes, 97 per cent of people in Great Britain know what they are. Not bad for a pretty new piece of technology :)

There are nearly seven million smart meters already installed in homes but if, like us, you haven't received your new smart meter yet then don't worry – millions more are being installed by energy suppliers over the coming months and years so fingers crossed that it won't be long. I'm actually a bit jealous as my Nan already has one and I love checking it out when I go to see her.

Back to the research! This Smart energy outlook also shows that people across Britain remain consistently satisfied with their smart meters, with more than three quarters (76 per cent) saying they would recommend one to others. That's a huge amount that would be willing to recommend them so they must be good. Here a few more facts and figures that came out of the most recent survey:

1. Almost everyone (97 per cent) of the adult population of Great Britain is aware of smart meters.

2. Nearly half (49 per cent) of those who haven’t got a smart meter yet would like to get one in the next six months - That's me!!!

3. Eight in ten (80 per cent) of people with a smart meter have taken at least one step to reduce their energy use.

4. Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of people with an IHD check it at least once a month, and 37 per cent of people with an IHD check it daily.

5. Almost eight in ten (76 per cent) of people with a smart meter would recommend one to others.

So I think it is safe to say that people are loving their smart meters and why wouldn't they? Smart meters bring an end to estimated bills and show people what they’re spending in near real time and in pounds and pence, via an IHD and are installed by energy suppliers at no extra cost.

I can't wait to receive mine (come on Co-Op Energy...get a wiggle on!!) and look forward to see the next lot of research to see if even more people are oving the smart meters.

Note: This is a collaborative post

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