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Conference: Smart meters can transform Scotland

May 2016 Latest News, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Conference: Smart meters can transform Scotland

People in Scotland will have a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to transform the way they use and buy energy through the national rollout of smart meters, delegates at the Smarter Scotland: Towards a Digital Nation have heard.

Leading experts talked about the future of smart technology in Scotland and, in particular, how homes and microbusinesses are to benefit from the changes that can come from
a digitalised energy sector.

More than three million smart meters have already been installed across Great Britain and by 2020 every household and microbusiness will have been offered an upgrade from their old gas and electricity meters.

Claire Maugham, director of policy and communications at Smart Energy GB, said: “Smart meters will not just bring an end to the absurdity of estimated bills and manual readings.

They will help consumers to take control of their energy use by showing what is being spent on gas and electricity in pounds and pence, in near real-time.

“Our latest research findings in Smart Energy Outlook show that eight in 10 people with a smart meter would recommend one and 80% have already used their smart meter to take action to save energy.

“In Scotland the wider benefits of the rollout will be significant. Smart meters will help to tackle some of the biggest challenges that Scotland faces, such as fuel poverty, inefficient homes and the drive towards a lower carbon footprint.”

Dr Marilyn Lennon, senior lecturer in computer and information sciences at Strathclyde University, added: “Designed properly, and presented in the right way, information about our energy use can really change our behaviours.

“Being able to see the cause and effect clearly and in engaging ways through a smart meter system might just be the key that unlocks more proactive and empowered energy users and consumers.”