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Can smart meters transform energy efficiency in your workplace?

Many households all over the UK have made the switch to a smart meter in order to make energy consumption more efficient and to reduce the risk of overuse — but can small businesses do the same?

Discover everything you need to know about smart meters from leading commercial gas leader, Flogas — including the business benefits and how to easily get your smart meter installed, if you decide to make the switch…

The benefits of the smart meter for businesses

From accurate bills to more energy efficient usage, there are many advantages offered by a smart meter. Here’s a rundown of the benefits:

  • No more surprise bills to pay

Improve the management of your business’ finances by having accurate energy readings rather than estimations.

  • No more meter readings

With a smart meter, you don’t have to physically give an energy supplier employee access to your building anymore — meaning less interruptions to your day.

  • Smarter usage

From office tea rounds at scheduled intervals to leaving computers on overnight, there will be several moments throughout the day that will make your energy usage spike. But with a smart meter, you can determine energy use and office habits to make cost-efficient changes (if necessary). Developing a heightened awareness and understanding of your energy usage also makes you more likely to make smarter money and energy-saving decisions across your business.

  • Less downtime from power cuts

A key benefit of the smart meter is that the UK’s energy network is advancing alongside their increased use. Therefore, many energy suppliers will be able to respond quicker to power cuts.

  • Better energy tariffs

The supplier also benefits from the greater data and information offered by a smart meter, which means they have a better chance of developing new and increasingly competitive tariffs.

  • A modern outlook

You don’t want to get left behind when it comes to energy — you could end up with less efficient and more expensive rates. Overall, the plan is to create a fully integrated smart grid linking different hardware, communications and other technologies together in something of an internet for gas and electricity. Smart meters are a crucial step towards this vision, which will eventually serve homes and businesses alike with greener, more efficient, less wasteful and more cost-effective energy.

The backstory of the smart meter

It was the government that has been pushing the use of smart meters and encouraging private and commercial buildings to install them. The government has set electricity and mains gas suppliers the target of making the technology available to every home in England, Scotland and Wales by 2020 — that’s 26 million households in total.

So, what is the great need for a smart meter and why is the government so keen to get advocate their use? The reason is basically to phase out imprecise estimated readings in favour of up-to-the-minute digital energy usage recordings. These measurements are then sent directly to energy suppliers and used to generate fully accurate bills, based on actual usage.

We already know many houses have smart meters, but how do you know if your business building can have one? Run a small business with fewer than ten employees? Then, chances are, you’re entitled to a smart meter. If in doubt, simply ask your energy supplier or broker. If your energy bills are included in the rent you pay for your commercial premises, it’s the bill payer who needs to make the request for your smart meter — so ask your landlord.

 Installing a smart meter at your workplace

Getting a smart meter fitted is simple. Once you’ve spoken to your energy supplier or broker (or your landlord, in the case of rented premises), here’s what will happen:

  1. Date and time arranged

Get in touch with your energy supplier and sort out a day and time that suits you and your staff — perhaps a day when you know you won’t be too busy? They will work with you to ensure this is a time that works for both parties and causes minimal disruption to the running of your business.

  1. Entry given on installation day

On the day of installation, ensure that you or someone else is around to give the installer access.

  1. Basics learned

As soon as it’s fitted and up and running, your installer will tell you how everything works. Now’s the time for any questions, too.

Reap the rewards of your new smart meter

Even if the above all sounds good, it’s always better to hear reviews of a product or service before opting in yourself. Check out recent survey polls from people who use smart meters. For example, the Smart Meter Customer Experience Study carried out in August 2017 by the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy revealed that 80% of those surveyed were satisfied with the technology, while 89% were happy with the installation visit.

Improve energy efficiency at your business with a smart meter installation today!

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