Policy Exchange Report – NRFC echoes calls for more Government action on smart meters
Last week the think-tank Policy Exchange published its latest report Smarter, viagra sale Greener, Cheaper which claims that households could reduce their gas and electricity bills by as much as £70 a year if they are allowed to compare bills with neighbours through the smart meter roll-out.
The report also says that policy changes are needed if the full benefits of smart meters are to be delivered, and calls on the Government to work closely with civil society to act as champions for smart meters alongside a national advertising campaign for consumers.
Commenting on the publication of the report, Chair of the NRFC Hugh Goulbourne said:
“At the NRFC we support the report’s recommendations on smart meters, particularly on allowing households to compare their data. However installing smart meters alone will not help households identify where they can make energy savings.”
“Our 2011 report “Will Smart Meters help the fuel poor?” found that smart metering can only deliver real benefits if households are confident in engaging with the new technology. As the roll-out of smart meters continues, the NRFC believes that the Government must undertake a public campaign to educate consumers further on the benefits of smart meters, alongside ongoing one-to-one support such as follow-up visits from trusted energy advisers.
We are calling on the energy companies, DWP, DECC and other government agencies to share smart meter data as widely as possible. Sharing this data will not only allow consumers to make significant energy savings, as this report suggests, but will also allow the appropriate agencies to better target vulnerable fuel poor households for additional support.”