Public opinion on smart meters

Photo with smart meter, mug and kettle on kitchen table
Jody Fleck

Smart Energy GB has published the latest research into national public opinion on energy and smart meters.

The research shows that almost everyone in Scotland (97%) is now aware of smart meters and amongst those who haven’t upgraded to smart meters yet, the appetite to get one installed soon is high. Over half (54%) of those in Scotland who don’t yet have a smart meter would like to have one installed in the next six months. 

Smart energy meters are currently being rolled out to homes and small businesses across Great Britain, replacing the traditional energy meters we currently have in our homes. They are installed by your energy supplier at no extra cost and will bring an end to estimated bills, showing people what they’re spending in near real time and in pounds and pence.

For those who have already upgraded, smart meters are an important motivator when it comes to behaviour change and reducing energy waste at home:

  • 84% of people in Scotland with a smart meter have a better idea of what they’re spending on energy
  • 75% cent say they think twice about using high energy appliances
  • 71% per cent are more conscious about the energy they use

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

“It’s great to hear that so many people say they would like to get a smart meter from their energy supplier.

“I hope that many more people feel inspired to contact their supplier and ask for their smart energy upgrade, so they can enjoy the benefits of accurate bills and being able to see the gas and electricity they’re using in pounds and pence.”

Please visit the Smart Energy GB website to find out more about the research and to find out how you can get a smart meter for free