Flintshire MPs welcome potential £65 average saving on energy bills for homes

Flintshire MPs Mark Tami and David Hanson, have welcomed news today that 2,594 households in Flintshire are already
benefiting from increased control over energy bills through British Gas smart meters, with average annual savings of £65 per household.

Smart meters mean for the first time, households can see how much gas and electricity they are using, as they use it, and how much that costs in pounds and pence. By gaining insight into what they are spending and where, consumers can take control over their energy use and consequently their bills. Smart meters also send meter readings to suppliers automatically, seeing an end to estimated bills.

All energy companies are required to deliver smart meters to every home and business in the country by 2020, with British Gas already installing one million smart meters – around 75% of the total currently installed in Britain today.

Mark Tami, Member of Parliament for Alyn and Deeside said:

“It is estimated that smart meters are saving people in Flintshire £168,610 annually, at a time when people are struggling with household bills it is excellent that these meters enable people to see which appliances are using the most energy and help people to take control of their energy costs. “

David Hanson, Member of Parliament for Delyn said:

“Given the how difficult things are in the economy under this government, the ability of smart meters to offer people some savings and bring down their rising cost of living is very welcome.  I back the scheme and I hope it can help people with their energy bills.”

British Gas customers will receive a new smart meter when the life of their standard meter expires, but customers are also welcome to register their interest to see if they can get one sooner. Visit britishgas.co.uk/smartmeters to find out more.