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72% of People Seek Energy Advice from Apps over Family

72% of people in the UK trust apps and smart technology more than people when looking for advice reducing their energy consumption, an OVO Energy survey has revealed.

As part of the survey, OVO Energy asked over 3,000 people about the choices they’re making based on their use of apps and smart technology.

On average, energy customers are checking their smart thermostat 3 times a week, with a third of the respondents saying that the technology has allowed them to run their home more efficiently. This shows how much of a role smart meters can play in saving homeowners money on energy bills.

The survey also revealed that:

  • 53% of people rely on apps for financial guidance, a huge number when you consider that only 15% ask family and 5% consult friends;
  • 36% of people’s daily routines are powered by apps and smart technology.

Reliance on apps and smart technology is set to increase further, as 70% of people surveyed expect them to help make even smarter decisions going forward.

Energy Director at OVO Energy, Steve Harris, said: “Smart meters have added value to millions of customers across the UK, offering innovative features to manage energy usage while also supporting future-facing technologies to make energy cleaner and more abundant for everyone. The research shows that Brits who have signed up for a smart meter are reaping the rewards and we encourage anyone without a meter to get one and access the latest energy technologies.”

What is a Smart Meter?

A smart meter provides real-time information about the energy consumption in your household and directly communicates this with the energy supplier. Being able to see the energy being used in your home as it happens, can make it easier to see where you could be saving money.

The government have outlined plans for all homes in the UK to have a smart meter installed by 2020.

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