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One of the latest tactics employed to help us be more responsible and efficient with our use of gas and electricity is the smart meter, which has proved so effective that now the Government wants all energy suppliers to fit customers’ homes with them by the year 2020.
The benefits of the smart meter are clear: it means an end to estimated billing and having to check your meter regularly, giving you a new level of control over how much energy your household consumes. It also makes it easier to see how you much money you could be saving by switching suppliers, something which needs greater visibility, considering only 18 per cent of adults switched their energy supplier in the last 12 months according to GoCompare.com.
However, with the 2020 deadline fast approaching, a new report by the Consumers Futures Unit (CFU) has suggested that rushing through the smart meter project will cause issues in the short term.
David Moyes, energy spokesman for the CFU, believes that while smart meters are the answer, there are some challenges ahead to meet the deadline, which could benefit from being pushed back, according to Scottish Housing News. “We believe this is going to make the process more expensive and less effective than it could be. We think many consumers in Scotland will be dis-advantaged because they receive a less functional type of smart meter if they are installed too early. We therefore think that extending the deadline for five years would benefit both the programme and consumers.”
However, critics of the scheme, which is estimated to cost £11 billion, have said that it is so behind schedule that it should simply be scrapped. In March, Tech Week Europe reported that the Institute of Directors labelled the project ‘a bit of a mess’ after it was revealed that so far, only 2.3 million of 50 million planned smart meters had been installed.
Criticising the project further, they said that the savings it would offer to the consumer were minimal, making the Government expenditure questionable.
However, the CFU think that the deadline should simply be moved by five years, with the aim of achieving 80 per cent of the target by 2020, with the final 20 per cent by 2025. Rushing through the scheme will see negative impacts and rising costs for homeowners, according to their research. At present, the scheme looks to exceed initial costings.
They also want more support for those converting from pre-payment meters to smart meters – namely those more vulnerable to energy costs – to make sure they know how to use the meter, that it’s working correctly and that credit-friendly options are in place to ensure they’re not left out in the cold.