How can electricity customers benefit from smart meters - East Coast FM

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Only a tiny fraction of the almost 1 million smart meter customers are using them as intended. 

What do these smart meters do and how can we keep our energy bills down by using them? Daragh Cassidy appeared on East Coast FM to discuss just that.

Listen back to the interview above or take a look at the main points below.

  • A smart electricity meter can read your consumption in real-time, remotely, meaning there will be no more estimated reads.
  • They also give you more information about your energy usage. At the moment, when someone gets a bill, they may not know which appliances are using the most electricity, or when their energy is being used up. 
  • With a smart meter, when you get your bill you’ll be able to see what uses the most electricity in your house.
  • Ireland is one of the last countries to get smart meters and while the rollout is great, they are maybe being a bit oversold on how much money they can help people save. 
  • When you sign up for a smart meter tariff, you should ensure you choose the right deal for you. 
  • Electric Ireland, for example, will help you sign up for the right tariff by asking a series of questions. However if after a few months they think you’re on the wrong tariff for your needs, they will let you know and you can switch to a different tariff for free.
  • People who have a day-and-night meter may lose out a bit when they switch to a smart meter.
  • Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy have plans that offer free electricity for most of the day on either Saturday or Sunday, but you are being charged a slightly higher rate during the week. This will only suit some people.

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