Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils are providing support to residents aged 65-plus to guide them to understand the benefits of smart meters and why they should consider getting one.
Here are some facts you may not know about smart meters
1. They can help you make your home more energy efficient. A smart meter will outline how much energy your appliances use to help you make minor changes around your home.
Britain is set to spend an additional £5.6 million each day on heating this winter so why not turn your thermostat down a degree or two when appropriate to start making an impact on your utility bills?
2. You may save some money.Your energy supplier will install a smart meter for free. Track exactly what you're spending and where you can reduce bills by viewing the in-home display.
3. Save yourself time. The meter sends a reading direct to your energy supplier electronically, saving you time and effort. You do not need to have your own broadband installed for this as the meter encompasses its own signals and is a secure network
4. Receive accurate bills. A smart meter will formulate accurate bills from your energy supplier, so you will no longer be billed on an estimate of the amount of energy they predict you used or require you to supply any meter readings.
5. Keep track of what you use. Using a smart meter's in-home display, you can see how much energy you've used for each day, week or month and compare this to try and make savings.
6. Help the environment. Smart metering technology could help the UK save almost 30 million tonnes of carbon by 2030. It also is enabling a smarter energy grid which reduces the amount of unclean energy produced.
7. Prepare for a smarter future. Domestic energy generation is developing rapidly. The smart meter rollout is an upgrade to our energy infrastructure, allowing us to fully embrace future technology and move towards more sustainable and carbon neutral energy creation.
8. Keep your energy data safe. The creation of a new secure network allows your smart meter to communicate with your energy supplier directly.
If you would like a smart meter in your home contact your energy supplier directly with the telephone number on your bill or visit: Smart Energy GB website