Smart meters 'could bring cheaper bills for over 50s'

Over 50s looking for a way to reduce their heating bills have been advised that the new smart energy meters could offer significant savings when compared to prepayment.

Will Marples, energy expert at, said the new meters, which were announced by the government last month, are an effective way of allowing budget-conscious homeowners to strictly monitor their energy usage.

He said: "[Smart meters] allow you to manage your usage better and have a real-time view of what you are spending. [They] also allow you to be that bit more energy efficient."

The comment comes in response to the recent report by the National Housing Federation which stated that energy companies have been overcharging prepay customers by an average of 87.

Mr Marples confirmed that suppliers have been charging premiums for prepayment and warned that those who choose to prepay may be charged approximately ten per cent more on their unit rates.

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6/22/2009 3:17:20 PM
These so-called smart meters for the first time provide two-way communications between electricity users and the power plants that serve them. Which is open to abuse if no security protocols have been installed on to the system. Just imagine on that cold

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