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Runnymede Borough Council is providing support to residents aged 65+ to help ensure they understand the benefits of Smart Meters and why they should have one installed.

Runnymede Borough Council is providing support to residents aged 65+ to help ensure they understand the benefits of Smart Meters and why they should have one installed.

As part of the government's smart meter rollout programme Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils have been awarded grant funding to provide support to people aged 65+ to help them address their concerns and increase the number of people over 65 getting a smart meter.

We will be attending various events at venues across the boroughs appropriate to the target audience to help promote smart meters. Our task is to support the rollout of smart meters so that everyone has the opportunity to share in the benefits that they bring for households, our economy and our environment.

Smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain's energy infrastructure.

What are the benefits of smart meters?

Make your home greener: Getting a smart meter will help you to see how much energy different appliances in your home use, and it's one of the best tools to make your home greener and smarter.

Making small changes such as turning off the lights in an empty room or turning down the thermostat a degree or two when appropriate can make a big difference to the amount of CO2 Great Britain uses.  Britain is set to spend an additional £5.6 million every day on heating for every additional temperature degree increase this winter.

A smart meter will also help you to see if more energy efficient appliances or home modifications are right for you.

Save a little money:  Your energy supplier will install your new smart meter at no extra cost, and then it's up to you to see how much it can help you save. Being aware of your energy use is the best way to help bring it down, so with your handy in-home display, you'll always know exactly what you're spending and where you can reduce costs. Make some small changes and see your usage come down.

Save a little time: You will no longer need to scrabble around in the meter cupboard to take your own meter reading and no strangers will call at your home to read the meter. The meter sends your meter reading direct to your energy supplier, saving you time and effort.

Get accurate bills:  Smart meters mean that your bills will be accurate, not estimated based upon what your energy supplier thinks you should have used. Once you have a smart meter, you'll get accurate bills from your energy supplier.

Keep track of what you use: Using your smart meter's in-home display, you can see how much energy you've used in real time for each day, week or month and compare it. This nifty tool will help you saving time and energy.

Do your bit for the environment:  It's estimated that smart metering technology will help Britain save almost 30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. Getting yours installed will help that become a reality as we move towards a low carbon economy for us and future generations to come. Just by choosing to get a smart meter in your home you're helping the environment by enabling a smarter energy grid, which will reduce the amount of unclean energy we produce.

Prepare for a smarter future: Electric vehicles and domestic energy generation are just some of the technologies developing rapidly for our homes.

The smart meter rollout is an integral upgrade to our energy infrastructure, necessary to allow us to fully embrace the technology of the future and move away from old dirty power stations, towards greener energy creation.

Keep your energy data safe: Some of the top data security experts in the country are behind the creation of a new secure network which allows your smart meter to communicate with your energy supplier.

If you wish to change your supplier for a more competitive deal you can do this with a smart meter as you are able to do currently.

Smart Energy GB in Communities

Smart Energy GB in Communities is part of Smart Energy GB's campaign to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the benefits they can bring.

Smart Energy GB in Communities, partners with regional and local organisations from the voluntary and public sectors. This means they are able to work with trusted, expert organisations across the country to ensure people understand the benefits of smart meters and know how to get one.

Smart Energy GB in Communities is being delivered by the charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS).

Please visit the Smart Energy GB website for more information about smart meters: www.smartenergygb.orgSmart Energy GB or contact your own energy supplier with the number found on your latest bill and request a smart meter be installed to your home.