22/10/2018

Britain’s older generation have welcomed smart meters into their homes more so than any other age group, according to new research by Smart Energy GB.

The nationwide survey of 10,000 people in Great Britain has shown that people over the age of 65 are the most likely age group to own a smart meter - with almost a quarter of those surveyed having had a device installed.

The Smart energy outlook report also found that:

• Awareness of smart meters has never been higher, with 98 per cent of people across Great Britain claiming they are aware of the new meters

• The majority (83 per cent) of people with smart meters say they have a better idea of what they’re spending on energy

• Two thirds (67 per cent) of those who have already had smart meters installed in their home claim they are more conscious of their energy use

• Eight in ten (81 per cent) of people with smart meters say they have taken at least one step to use less energy

• Almost half (44 per cent) of people in Great Britain who don’t yet have a smart meter want to get one within the next six months. That’s almost 15 million people who want to upgrade and join the millions of others who are already becoming part of a cleaner and greener Britain

Recent official figures show there are now more than 12 million smart meters installed across Great Britain. Smart energy outlook found that 70 per cent who have a smart meter would recommend them to family and friends – equivalent to 7.2 million people who would recommend a smart meter.

The research coincided with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s first ever Green GB week (15-21 October 2018). The week aimed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and to promote how we can all do our bit to tackle climate change – such as by getting a smart meter to help reduce energy waste at home.

Commenting on the findings of the study, Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “This research shows older consumers are even more likely to have smart meters installed in their homes than their tech-savvy grandchildren, giving them the opportunity to take control of their energy use and save money on their bills.

“Everyone who wants a smart meter should be able to feel the benefits, and just last week, Energy UK outlined an innovative collaboration across industry to bring the benefits of smart meters to blind and partially sighted people.

“This momentum shows smart meters are the cornerstone of a smarter energy system fit for the future and with awareness of these handy devices higher than ever before, this technology revolution will help shape the way we all live for the better.”

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

“It’s great to see so many older people throughout Great Britain getting a smart meter installed in their home, and harnessing the ability to be cleaner and greener with their energy use.

“This report makes clear that people with smart meters have a much better understanding of their energy consumption and would happily recommend them to their family and friends.

“Smart meters are revolutionising the way we engage with our energy and are a vital upgrade to our outdated infrastructure. Every person who opts for a smart meter is helping Britain towards its smarter future.”

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