smart meters

Smart Energy GB and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations have partnered to provide housing officers information to help tenants control their energy use.The two organisations aim to equip housing officers across Scotland claim their smart meters and get their gas and electricity under control. [No smart meters opt out, votes New Mexico board]

Smart Energy GB is the voice of Britain’s smart meter rollout. The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is the representative organisation for Scotland's Housing Association sector.

According to Scottish Housing News, “every home in Scotland and the rest of Great Britain will be offered a smart meter, at no additional cost, by 2020.”

Smart metering is being implemented to eliminate estimated billing and show people how much energy they are using in pounds and pence, in near real time. Smart meters will also make prepayment for energy more cost effective and more convenient.

Smart meters communication

[quote] Smart Energy GB and SFHA will implement various communication measures to spread the word to housing officers and their tenants. These include articles in Housing Scotland monthly magazine, newsletters and social media promotions, a dedicated smart meter section on the SFHA website, information at conferences attended by housing officers and regional workshops to train housing officers working with 15,000 tenants.

Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Smart Energy GB, commented: “This partnership with the SFHA will play a vital role in ensuring the smart meter message reaches social housing tenants across Scotland. Smart meters will transform the way people manage and buy their gas and electricity. With more than half a million tenants living in social housing run by SFHA members this partnership could not be more important.

“Many people living in social housing may not realise that smart meters are for them but the education and training provided by this partnership will help them to understand and enjoy the benefits of this new technology.”

David Stewart, policy lead for energy efficiency and fuel poverty at the SFHA, added: “Fuel poverty is a significant issue for our members and their tenants and housing associations have worked hard to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and provide affordable warmth – our sector now has the most energy efficient homes in Scotland. The rollout of smart meters is a major infrastructure investment and provides significant opportunities to help tenants understand their energy use and access the best available tariffs. [Mass rollout to spark increased adoption of smart water systems]

“We are determined that our members’ tenants receive the maximum benefit from this opportunity and are delighted to have entered a partnership with Smart Energy GB to ensure our members have the training and knowledge to enable this to happen.”