What is a smart meter and how does it work?

Unlike regular meters, smart meters can automatically send usage data to your supplier. This means you don’t have to worry about manually sending readings, and your bill will accurately reflect your actual energy usage.

There are some big advantages to smart meters:

  1. They’re accurate and convenient. You’ll never need to send us a manual meter reading as your smart meter will send this automatically.
  2. They also give you real-time data which can help you track how your lifestyle affects your household energy usage. With this information, you'll be able to find ways to use less energy, which in turn will help to lower your bill.

Bulb will be rolling out second generation smart meters to our members in late 2018. You can sign up for our smart meter beta to be one of the first to get one. We'll invite everyone to have a new smart meter by the end of 2020. 

If you're already a Bulb member and you have a smart meter for electricity, you could be eligible to join the smart tariff beta. Taking meter readings every half hour, the tariff is designed to reflect the true cost of energy as it changes throughout the day. By understanding when energy is more expensive, you can make better choices about how and when you use it. It's better for your purse and the planet.

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