The government has pledged that every home and small business will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020.
In real terms, this means the installation of 50 million smart meters, impacting a total of 30 million properties.
With the scheme now in its ‘main installation’ phase, over 4.89 million smart and advanced meters are now operating across homes and businesses in Great Britain, but there is still fair way to go if the 2020 target is to be reached.
Successful implementation of the smart meter roll-out will require the force of the building services industry as a whole.
Newly trained smart meter installers will be required, but gas engineers and electrical installers can also contribute by keeping their customers up-to-date.
Smart meters will allow customers to view near real-time information about their energy usage and how much it is costing in pounds and pence, either on a visual display on the actual meter or online.
- More control over energy usage.
- Better awareness of how much things cost e.g. leaving the light on.
- Increased understanding of how are daily power needs impact both our pockets and the planet.
- Overall carbon reduction.
- Potential for household bills to be reduced. For example, sustainable energy supplier Green Energy UK have just announced their TIDE tariff, which allows customers to take advantage of lowered unit prices at certain times, particularly between 11pm and 6am.
Suppliers will be able to send and receive information electronically about electricity and gas consumption.
- Increase accuracy of bills.
- A better relationship with customers will be created by a more open dialogue.
- More information about consumer usage will allow better management of supply and demand.
Make smart meters part of your customer service
Gas installers, engineers and electricians can play a significant part in helping customers to save money on their bills by promoting smart meters and their benefits.
Smart meters can be a real help to more vulnerable customers who might be struggling with fuel poverty.
Replacing their old prepayment meter with a smart meter will enable them to keep track of usage and costs and they’ll still be able to top up as and when they want to, via an app, online or in shops.
Renters can get a smart meter fitted without their landlord’s permission, as long as they let them know that the upgrade is being carried out.
Become a smart meter installer
Dual fuel smart meter installers are in demand as one installer must change all meters within a property, many of which use both gas and electricity.
The ‘big-six’ energy companies are managing the smart meter roll-out so jobs are being advertised on their websites, large contractor websites, or through specialist recruitment agencies.
Training is essential, either in the form of a Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (gas and power), or CMA1, including a commercial gas Approved Prior Learning (APL) qualification, leading to an ACS Qualification.
A new route focussing on domestic smart meters (CMA3) will hopefully be introduced soon.
Logic4training is approved to deliver Smart Meter training under NSAP via EEIAS.