Switching energy Providers to get a good deal and a smart meter

Switching energy Providers to get a good deal and a smart meter

Its that time of the year to renew/change my energy provider. My fixed deal ended on 31st July with Affect Energy.  I need to look for a new deal with them or with someone else. Affect Energy have been brilliant but are a smaller new entrant to the energy market.  Despite being amazing value for money they do not offer a smart meter. I have been working with Smart Energy GB now for more than a year but I don’t have a smart meter. I am ever so keen to get one to understand my exact energy usage on a daily basis.  It will allow me to control its usage ad save us money. Now its time!

I have the choice of the big six energy companies but they are coming out high on the comparison site I used – Uswitch. My current direct debit payment is £66 which is really very low, (we have a four bedroom semi-detached house as a comparison) and was an amazing deal I secured last year, this now rises to around £95 per month still with Affect. So I am looking for another company who will offer the same value and customer service as Affect Energy but with a smart meter.

Survey Results from Smart Energy GB

Just look at these results from a recent Smart Energy GB survey. Every six months, Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout survey around 10,000 people up and down the country on their attitudes towards the energy industry and smart meters. What does it say about how the British public feel about smart meters?

The Smart energy outlook research shows that almost everyone in Great Britain is now aware of what a gas and electricity smart meter is. 97 per cent, yes, 97 per cent of people in Great Britain know what they are. Not bad for a pretty new piece of technology.

There are nearly seven million smart meters already installed in homes but don’t worry if you haven’t got yours yet – millions more are being installed by energy suppliers over the coming months and years.

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Back to the research!

This Smart energy outlook also shows that people across Britain remain consistently satisfied with their smart meters.  With more than three quarters (76 per cent) saying they would recommend one to others.

Almost everyone (97 per cent) of the adult population of Great Britain is aware of smart meters

  • Nearly half (49 per cent) of those who haven’t got a smart meter yet would like to get one in the next six months.  I’m in this catagory.
  • Eight in ten (80 per cent) of people with a smart meter have taken at least one step to reduce their energy use
  • Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of people with an IHD check it at least once a month.  And 37 per cent of people with an IHD check it daily
  • Almost eight in ten (76 per cent) of people with a smart meter would recommend one to others

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Smart meters bring an end to estimated bills.  They show people what they’re spending in near real time and in pounds and pence, via an IHD and are installed by energy suppliers at no extra cost.

I am really looking forward to seeing what a difference my smart meter will make to our energy bills.

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