Learn how a smart meter can benefit your business
Smart technology is changing the way we all do business. And it’s changing Britain’s energy landscape for the better.
The smart revolution brings a wealth of opportunities to lower your costs, become more competitive and reduce your carbon footprint. Installing a smart meter – at no additional cost – is the first step on your journey to a greener, smarter future. And if your business doesn’t have one, you risk being left behind.
Save time – no more meter readings
Accurate and timely bills – collect remote meter readings for billing
Opportunities to improve your energy efficiency and save money
Smart meters record your energy use and send us your readings automatically over a secure wireless network. That spells an end to the hassle of manual meter readings and estimated bills.
To unlock the true power of your smart meter, you need to use the data it provides. That’s why all our smart meter packages include access to Clarity – our free online energy management platform. Clarity helps you understand how your business uses energy, giving you the chance to reduce your consumption and lower your bills.
Time is precious when you’re running a business. So we’ll book your installation at a time to suit you. If you’re getting an electric meter, your supply should only be interrupted for about 15-20 minutes. And the engineer will be onsite for around an hour. For gas meters, the interruption shouldn’t be longer than 20 minutes, with a total install time of around an hour.
Smart meters record the amount of gas or electricity you use – just like traditional meters do. But unlike your old meters, they record your reading automatically, and send it to us automatically. With a SMETS2 smart meter you get accurate bills, based on the power you’ve actually used. So no more estimated bills. And no more manual readings.
Our second-generation SMETS2 smart meters are registered with the Data Communications Company (DCC). They oversee data communication between smart meters and suppliers. So if your new supplier is DCC registered, you can switch suppliers quickly and easily with no loss of smart functionality.
Before we install your smart meter, we’ll go through a series of checks to make sure a smart meter is right for your premises. It’s true that some customers reported network connection issues during the initial rollout phase. But only in areas with a weak mobile signal. Since then, a lot of effort has been made to improve signal strength. And the firmware in your smart meter will be updated automatically, whenever it needs it, to keep it running smoothly.
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you smart meters aren’t secure. The UK Government enlisted GCHQ to help ensure smart meters comply with the highest standards of data security. And the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provided advice to ensure the smart network isn’t at risk from criminal hackers. Visit the NCSC website for more information.
All types of smart meter must meet UK and EU product safety standards. And while they do emit low-frequency radio waves, they’re at much lower levels than your mobile phone, your wi-fi router or your TV. Independent studies have found no evidence to say these radio waves pose any health risk. Read the guidance from Public Health England for more information.
You’re being offered a smart meter as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. Their aim is to develop a world-leading smart energy system, delivering secure, cheap and clean energy.
SSE Business Energy is a member of the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP). The Code aims to ensure smart meter installation is a positive experience for you, the customer. SMICoP sets minimum standards which all members must follow, so you know what to expect during the installation process. It also ensures we help you understand the benefits smart meters can bring to individual customers, and as part of the industry-wide Smart Programme.
Want to know more about how we record, store and use the data from your smart meter? Our smart meter data guide will answer your questions.
For more information about the UK’s smart metering roll-out, use the following links: