Delyn MP is asking for views on Smart meters, which could help to cut emissions and bills in the home and at work.
The Government has launched its consultation on metering and billing and is looking at how smart metering will play a key part in reducing our carbon footprint and cutting our energy bills.
The Government is proposing to cut energy use through the roll out of state of the art smart meters, and real time visual display units to households and businesses. Real time visual display units can tell people how much energy they are using, and how much it is costing when individual appliances are turned on. Smart meters allow energy suppliers to communicate directly with their customers, removing the need for meter-readings and providing accurate bills with no estimates. Smart meters tell people about their energy use either through linked real-time display units or in other ways, such as through the internet or even through digital TV.
The proposals on which the Government is consulting include:
* Providing more enhanced information on bills to help people save energy, including historical comparisons of their energy use;
* For electricity suppliers to provide a real-time visual display unit to any new meters fitted from 2008, and to all households that request them between 2008/10; and
* For gas and electricity suppliers to install smart meters to all but the smallest businesses over the next five years.
The consultation will also seek views on the Government’s expectation that, over the next ten years, all gas and electricity customers will be given smart meters with visual displays.
David Hanson said:
“Cutting emissions and reducing our carbon footprints is one the most important challenges we face and one that I know constituents want to be proactive on.
“Smart meters provide better information and more accurate billing. It is vital that we make best use of this emerging technology that will not only help cut our energy use but reduce our bills too.
“For more information on smart metering and the consultation please contact my office by phone on 01352 763159, email hansond(at)parliament.uk or write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.”