Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. They collect information about energy use in the home electronically without the need for you or your energy supplier to take meter readings. They measure energy use in the same way as a traditional gas or electricity meter, but also have a communication capability that allows data to be read remotely and displayed on a device inside your home, or transmitted securely externally. Smart meters can also receive information remotely from your energy supplier, such as updates on tariff information.
The plan is for everyone in the UK to have a smart meter in their home by the end of 2019.
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