Smart meters 'may provide energy-saving incentive'

People in the UK have claimed that domestic smart meters would provide a greater incentive for them to cut their energy consumption, according to a new survey.

The Journal reported that a new study conducted on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust found that 96 per cent of respondents claimed they would use a smart meter to cut down on their household electricity use.

Based on trials, it is thought that smart meters - which show how much energy is currently being used by domestic appliances, as well as how much carbon dioxide these devices are emitting - could help people cut their electricity consumption by between five and ten per cent.

"Smart meters help householders work out how much energy they are using and how much they are paying for it, as well as showing in real time which appliances are producing the most carbon dioxide," said Steve Hunter, director of the Energy Saving Trust's advice centre in the north-east.

Mr Hunter added that the technology could help to make energy bills easier to understand.

The Press Association reported this week that some eight out of ten people in Scotland are not sure of how much money they are paying for their electricity and gas bills.

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