How to use your smart meter

How can you make the most of your smart meter to save both energy and money? Read our quick guide.

Using your smart meter

Your smart meter will come with an in-home display which will show you how much energy you're using in pounds and pence in near real time. To get the best out of your smart meter, you should monitor your energy usage regularly via your display. By understanding how much you’re using and when, you can make more informed decisions about where to cut down consumption and reduce spend.

With a smart meter, you no longer need to give your energy supplier manual meter readings. Your smart meter shows a digital reading which is automatically sent to your energy supplier at least once a month – meaning you will receive accurate, not estimated, bills. This doesn’t only save you the hassle of submitting manual meter readings, it also ensures you don’t overpay, or get that nasty price increase following an adjustment on an estimated bill.

Using your in-home smart meter display

Your in-home display is key to unlocking the benefits of your smart meter as it shows you how much energy you’re using and how much it’s costing.

While it’s not compulsory to have a display screen, it is offered as part of your smart meter install, and you will only be able to take full advantage of your smart meter by using it.

The more you use your display, the more it can help you save energy and money. That is because you’re not only able to see your consumption in near real time throughout the day, but view your energy history – allowing you to compare previous weeks or months and set goals for your energy saving.

Don’t worry – after installing your smart meter on behalf of your energy supplier, one of our friendly engineers will talk you through how to use your in-home display and answer any questions you might have.

Below are some tips on how to kick-start your energy saving with your smart meter.

Click here for our Smart Meter Installation Guide

Three steps to understanding your energy usage
  1. To see your standard energy usage, look at your display when only the essential electrical appliances in your house are turned on, i.e. your fridge-freezer.

  2. Once you know your standard energy usage, you can test out how turning on other non-essential appliances affects your costs i.e. check your display when boiling the kettle, or washing clothes.

  3. With better understanding of how much different electrical appliances cost to run, you can begin to make better decisions about how much electricity you use - how often you use your tumble dryer or dishwasher, for example.

Need more info?

Different energy suppliers install different models of smart meter and in-home display. For further advice on how to use your smart meter and display, read our smart meter FAQs, contact your supplier or visit their website.

For more information on how to save energy with your smart meter, visit Smart Energy GB.