Smart metering and your business
How smart meters work for businesses
By asking us to replace the existing Non-Half Hourly (NHH) meters in your business property with smart meters:
Automated meter readings
Smart meters can capture and store data about your energy use as frequently as every half hour. Your energy supplier can then collect this data directly via a remote connection.
This means you’ll get accurate bills based on actual reads without having to take the time to visit your sites and manually submit meter readings(1).
Help the grid make our energy system smarter
The data from smart meters helps our energy system understand how much, when and where energy is being used across Great Britain. This can be used to better forecast energy demand, reduce waste, and better plan for the future.
Data at your fingertips
Having regular readings as often as half hourly gives you the knowledge to:
make changes in your operations, equipment, or even schedule where you could potentially use less energy
help to reduce costs
demonstrate ROI on your efficiencies projects
and reach your Net Zero targets
The University of Plymouth gets smart
Working in partnership, TEC and EDF supported the University of Plymouth to upgrade 16 NHH meters across their sites to smart meters.
The installs were successfully carried out within two weeks, according to a plan that ensured minimal disruption for the university. This has led to more accurate billing for the university, and access to HH data has also supported them to become more energy efficient.
'Our goals to Net Zero (scope 1&2) became just a little bit easier!' Jack Roberts, Energy Manager at University of Plymouth
What to expect on the day of your smart meter installation?
Our installers try to install your new smart meter with as little disruption to you and your business as possible, offering flexibility in appointments to fit with your hours of operation where we can.
On the day of your appointment, the installer will call you when they’re on their way so you’ll know when to expect them
When our installer arrives at your business, they'll always show you their ID
Before the installation, they'll look at the area around the meter to ensure it's safe
Your electricity supply must be switched off for about 30 minutes per meter
Smart and advanced meters
Smart and advanced meters are two-meter technologies introduced nationally to help create the national energy infrastructure needed for a low-carbon future.
If you are classified as a non-microbusiness, you can choose between having an AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) smart meter and a SMETS 2 smart meter.
Smart metering FAQ
There are several myths and confusions out there about smart meters. So, we wanted to help answer your questions and set the record straight.
From how your data is used and your choices to questions about radiation – we've got it covered.