22 Nov 2007 07:11:35
Smart meters ''will help homes go greener''
A report conducted by the Green Alliance think tank has called on the government to do more to promote smart meters and other ''smart'' features in the home.
Such features use sensors or user information, and make it easier for homeowners to monitor and control their energy output. One of the most prominent is the smart meter, which the group believes will be commonplace in homes within ten years.
People in the UK are under increasing pressure to adopt green lifestyles and smart features are a good way of helping to achieve this. However, more than three-quarters of the individuals surveyed said they had never heard of smart meters.
When it was explained what they were, 43 per cent said they would be interested in having one installed, but most believed the cost should be carried by energy companies and the government.
"Smart features have not had much recognition as environmental solutions but our new report makes their potential clear," said Green Alliance director Stephen Hale.
"They can make important contributions to the environmental challenges we face and we would like to see sustained research into this area.
"The government needs to recognize that smart electricity meters are the critical first step in introducing a wider range of green smart features into homes."