Why should I get a smart meter?
Smart meters are part of the government’s plans to move Britain towards a lower carbon economy. The gas and electricity smart meter rollout means that by 2020 all homes across Britain will have new meters. We understand you may have questions about introducing a smart meter into your home. So we’ve been busting smart meter myths and addressing misconceptions. Get your answers today and get ready to go smart.
- Control - See exactly what you’re using and spending
- Accuracy - Only pay for what you use
- Convenience - Automatic readings: no more hassle, no more home visits
Smart or false?
We want to dispel the myths and misconceptions around smart meters. This includes addressing concerns about their safety and reassuring customers about data security. Let us take you on a smart meter journey, by separating the facts from the fiction so you’re fully up to speed with smart before you book your install.
Are smart meters safe?
Public Health England states that “exposures to the radio waves produced by smart meters do not pose a risk to health”.* The smart meters we use have been through rigorous testing and exceed every UK and EU safety standard.
What data am I sharing?
Whether we share details about your energy usage with other organisations is up to you. You choose whether we can use your smart meter data for sales and marketing purposes and you can change your mind at any time, just let us know. Read the smart meter data guide.
Will my smart meter cost anything?
Smart meters are installed for free. The smart meter display costs less than £1 a year in electricity to run.
Do I need a broadband connection to use a smart meter?
No. Smart meters transmit information on a separate wireless network, as they contain a GSM SIM card to send data via mobile GSM networks. They don't need a broadband connection to be active in your home.
Can I have a smart meter if I've got a prepayment meter?
At the moment we can’t support smart prepayment meters. But we’ll be letting our prepayment meter customers know when they become available.
Are EDF Energy smart meter installers accredited?
Before installing smart metering systems in your home, our team have received training at a level appropriate to the installation, including from a National Skills Academy for Power accredited provider or equivalent.
Your smart meter data
Smart meters capture and store data about your energy use and you can choose how often they do this – half-hourly, daily or monthly. They also let us collect this information remotely, so we’ll no longer need to ask you for meter reads. We’ll use the data we collect to build up your energy profile. The more regularly we receive reads, the more specific we can be in helping you to become energy efficient. Rest assured we won’t share your energy data with anyone.
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