Smart meters are changing the way consumers think about energy, British Gas finds


Dean Keeling,
Managing Director,
British Gas Smart
Stockley Park, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — January 27, 2012 – Smart meters are helping to change the behavior of British households by enabling them to better manage and control their energy consumption, according to a new study from British Gas.

According to the company for its British Gas Smart Thinking Report more than 700 domestic users were surveyed, with the results showing real interest in the new technology. Almost half of the people surveyed (48 percent) said they use their smart energy monitors on a daily basis, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) said they used it at least once a week.

Moreover 80 percent stated that smart meters have made them think about their energy consumption in a more considered way, demonstrating an increasing consumer awareness of the energy they use and their desire to be energy efficient. Of those asked, 73 percent stated smart meters have made them think about ways they could reduce their usage and save money whilst 64 percent were undertaking energy efficiency improvements in their homes.

“As we enter a decade of change in domestic usage, it’s important that the U.K.’s consumers fully understand what smart meters are and how they can be best used,” commented Dean Keeling, managing director of British Gas Smart Homes. “We at British Gas hope these findings can begin raising awareness of the benefits of smart meters whilst helping the U.K. prepare for their arrival.”

British Gas has rolled out smart meters and monitors to approximately 400,000 homes and businesses across the UK and by the end of 2012 the number of installations is expected to reach 1.5 million.