We’re being encouraged to get a Smart Energy meter in Herstmonceux to help save us money and cut our carbon footprint.
Wealden District Council is one of just 18 organisations to receive grant funding to spread the word about Smart Energy meters to communities.
The £22,500 grant from the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund will be used to target homes in ten rural Wealden communities – including Herstmonceux - which are not connected to mains gas. As well as raising awareness about smart meters which can provide consumers with accurate information about their energy consumption, the Council will be working with the Big Energy Savings Network to offer a free fuel bill checking service. At other events in the District, these sessions have provided consumers with the opportunity to save £200- £300 a year on their energy bills.
Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no extra cost, by 2020. Smart meters provide gas and electricity readings directly to suppliers, meaning an end to estimated billing. They also show people how much they are using in pounds and pence, via a hand-held in-home display.
The Wealden grant is a central part of Smart Energy GB’s work to ensure everyone in Great Britain hears about smart meters and knows how to use them to get their gas and electricity under control. The District is one of the many partners across England, Scotland and Wales that Smart Energy GB are working with to reach people who may face barriers to claiming or using their smart meter.
The fund is managed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which has 45 years’ experience in designing and delivering strategic grant-making programmes. It is part of the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme, which is being delivered by a consortium of charities - National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), Media Trust, and CAF - to help ensure no one is left behind in the smart meter rollout.
“We are excited to be working with Smart Energy GB to help our rural residents make real savings in their energy bills. Without mains gas, many have to resort to costly solid fuel, oil or electricity to heat their homes. The smart meter will help identify where savings can be made, ensuring they can keep warm in winter without hefty heating costs,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council.
Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said, “Smart meters are transforming the way we buy and use energy. Our job at Smart Energy GB is to make sure that everyone in Britain knows what a smart meter is, how to get one, and how to use it to get their gas and electricity under control.
“We know we can’t do this job alone. We rely on expert partners to share information in ways that work for people who may need additional support to understand how to get and use a smart meter. We’re delighted to be working with Wealden District Council through Smart Energy GB in Communities, to ensure everyone has the information they need to benefit from this transformative new technology.”