02 Dec 2009 09:12:10
Smart meter programme unveiled
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband is expected to unveil the government's national smart meter programme today (December 2nd).
Under the initiative, the devices will be installed in 26 million homes by 2020 to help householders to become more energy efficient.
According to officials, the meters will work by enabling residents to keep track of their energy consumption, helping them to minimise unnecessary waste.
Commenting on the gadgets earlier this year, Mr Miliband explained they would bring value to everyone.
He said: "This is another part of our Great British refurb. The meters most of us have in our homes were designed for a different age, before climate change. Now we need to get smarter with our energy.
"Smart meters will empower all consumers to monitor their own energy use and make reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions as a result. Smart meters will also mean the end of inaccurate bills and estimated meter readings."
Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have suggested that the scheme will save the country up to £3.6 billion on energy bills over the next 20 years.http://tinyurl.com/yhkhkzv