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With utility costs skyrocketing and energy bills being a substantial expense, many homeowners have realised the need to upgrade to the latest "Smart electric meters". These are electronic digital devices that help to keep track of and record the usage of electricity in a home. The government plans to equip every British home with a smart meter by the end of this decade i.e. 2020. In fact certain utility companies like British Gas and First Utility have already begun to offer these to customers and these will help to replace traditional analog meters that need to be manually read, as they automatically record information and send it across to the utility provider. Like everything else smart meters have advantages and disadvantages, such as:
Benefits for consumers and the environment:
Benefits for the power service provider:
However, some people believe there are drawbacks to these energy meters which may be taken into consideration when purchasing one. Some of the challenges for utility companies, the environment and consumers are:
To the environment and consumers:
Drawbacks for utility companies:
It seems there are plenty of pros and cons when it comes to smart energy meters, and we'd love to hear what you think about the roll out of this new technology, get in touch on Twitter and let us know your thoughts.
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