In a move that’s set to revolutionise domestic energy use, British Gas has announced plans to install 260,000 Smart Meters in UK homes in 2011, and over a million in 2012 .
During a special National Home Improvement Council lunch hosted in the House of Commons, sponsored by The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, British Gas Smart Homes managing director, Dean Keeling said the energy firm recognises the need to turn the traditional energy business model on its head when it comes to addressing the dilemma facing the energy industry in Britain today.
“It means a company such as British Gas has to be as much about energy saving as it is about energy supply,” Keeling said.
“De-carbonising power is crucial – cleaner electricity is not only vital in itself, but is a stepping stone to de-carbonising other sectors particularly, heat and transport.”
Keeling said British Gas is commited to rolling out 260,000 Smart Meters this year, with more than a million planned for next year. Revolutionising domestic energy use, according to Keeling, Smart Meters will soon be able to do many things, and will even be able to tell our dishwashers, for example, when the cheapest time is to switch themselves on.
Currently the company is trialing ‘time-of-use’ tariffs with some of its employees.
Smart Meters help consumers control energy use and save money and when combined with energy-saving measures, such as double glazing and loft insulation, can help to reduce the carbon footprint of homes across the UK.
All British Gas customers are due to have Smart Meters fitted in their homes by 2020.