6 reasons people love their smart meters
Smart meters are the free thing you never knew you needed. There are nearly 30 million across the UK already, but the sooner we all move to smart meters, the better. They make energy greener and cheaper for all (and because everyone's bills cover metering, there's no extra cost to get yours).
But why would you want one anyway? We think they're great, but don't take our word for it – here's why our customers are loving their smart meters...
1) They're saving cash
“My smart meters help me save money and energy by being a constant, on display, reminder in the kitchen. I'm learning which electricity gadgets use more energy!”Brenda from Dorset
Customers who've joined our Saving Sessions earn money for using less power!
Boom 💥. I just found out that during the 90 min @OctopusEnergy saving session back on the 24th, I earned £11.02 by reducing my usage considerably. That takes my total up to £33.38 over the 8 sessions so far (which I’ve redeemed as credit off my bill) pic.twitter.com/gKso04N2KR— Gaz Richardson (@GazRich88) January 30, 2023
Some customers even get free power at certain times – seriously.
I'm taking part in a trial for @OctopusEnergy where if I can reduce my usage by 40% between 4.30pm and 6.30pm I will get any energy I do use for free.— Danielle 🏳️⚧️ (@misswhiskygirl) February 24, 2022
I'll save pence and doing this more out of intrigue so this is how I'm prepping my tea! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/XlZJicAvzW
“I have loved the Power Hour smart trial - it’s amazing how many things you can find to put on for an hour.”Marion from Nottinghamshire
Customers like Glyn have racked up serious savings with smart tariffs – £800 in 2020 🤯
I signed up to @octopus_energy Agile dynamic pricing tariff a year ago as an experiment, I've always tried to reduce the Co2 of my energy by using off-peak where possible, Agile rewards me for this, the result is a saving of £792 compared to my old tariff🤯💚 pic.twitter.com/bvHrDAhWtV— Glyn Hudson (@glynhudson) January 21, 2021
See how smart Octopus customers pay less.
2) They can actually see how much everything costs
Trust us, it becomes really addictive.
Hey Grant - smart meters are great.— Abigail Dombey (@AbigailDombey) August 18, 2022
I can check my current usage (obvs essential when prices are so high) & can see how much everything costs to run.
I can check historic usage on my phone as well.@OctopusEnergy are an amazingly helpful social media team as well! pic.twitter.com/rsxP1oCXrm
If you're a geek (like me) then smart meters are really cool. Here's our half-hourly electricity use y'day, with my guess for spikes in demand (NB the 00:00 time tag should be on far left).— Simon Evans (@DrSimEvans) June 15, 2022
It was one of our lowest-demand days of the year, at 3.9kWh. No washing machine or oven. pic.twitter.com/9oXGZzf8oO
“It's interesting to see what difference turning on a different appliance makes to energy use. It does make you stop and think. You’d be surprised”Karen from Morden
3) They're changing their habits at home
I now see how much energy certain appliances use, like my dishwasher, so it now only goes on when it's completely full.Brenda from Dorset
You get used to how much it should be costing each day, so if I look at it and it's showing more usage than I'm expecting, I can go round hunting for any appliance that's been left on!Marion from Nottinghamshire
4) Those perilous journeys to get meter readings are long gone
“I no longer have to get up a step ladder to read the electricity meter, or down on all fours to read the gas meter.”Brenda from Dorset
Plus, you can stop bumping into the spiders living in your meter cupboard...
An actual meter reading photo we got from one very brave customer.
5) Getting it installed was super easy
And more importantly, featured fluffy octopuses and pink-tentacled electric vans.
@OctopusEnergy we got our smart meters installed today, wasn’t sure what to expect but there was minimal disruption, all completed in under 2 hours and Anthony who installed them was fab, please pass on our thanks! 😊 He was in a white smart meter van in BS16 first thing! 👍🏻— Sarah Sheard (@kitchenshuffler) March 11, 2022
🐙 Thank you for the seamless smart meter (SMETS2) installation @octopus_energy!— Gill Nowell (@Gill_Nowell) August 30, 2019
Excellent communication. Thomas the installer was fab; I know I can call him if any issues.
Looking forward to optimising my #EV charging on the Agile tariff w/ @OhmeEV.https://t.co/5GDi3tvjYP pic.twitter.com/U87Q6Leg7X
@OctopusEnergy had my smart metre installed today. Your engineer was prompt, polite, tidy and professional. If possible, please pass on my appreciation and if possible a bonus 😁 ⚡💡— BeeryMcLeary (@beerymcleary) June 29, 2022
Jack and Max arrived, I pointed to the meters, and they did the rest. Done in an hour or so with no mess to clear up.Karen from Morden
The engineer discovered a gas leak and did an amazing job to identify the source of the leak. He was professional and explained everything really well, an excellent engineer.David from Dorset
Psst, our engineers leave behind more than smart meters...
@OctopusEnergy Thanks for sending a great contractor out to install the smart meter! Wore a mask and booties and was incredibly courteous (and my kids say thanks for the colouring swag!)— El i Es Des (@EliEsDes) July 28, 2022
6) People 💚 that they’re doing their bit for the planet
Smart meters unlock a smarter energy system, where we can all take full advantage of cheap, clean, and abundant power from the sun, the tides and the wind.
Upgrading to smart meters can unlock big savings. You can:
- Get cheaper rates when energy’s greenest with a smart tariff
- Get an extra spin on the Wheel of Fortune every month with a chance to win up to £512
- Earn money by taking part in exclusive smart energy trials
PLUS: daily, weekly and monthly energy insights help you spot ways to cut down.
How do I get a smart meter?
Join over 3 million Octopus customers who’ve already gone smart and get on the list for a smart meter today. Once you’re registered, we’ll email you as soon as appointments are available in your area. If there are free slots for you right now, you'll be able to book through your online account in a few clicks.
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