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Published 17th Oct 2017

getting smart with smart meters and affordable warmth in middlesbrough

It's time to get smart – and save money on household bills.

Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) has joined forces with Smart Energy GB to spread the word about smart meters.

They’re targeting the over 65s and those without internet access in Middlesbrough to help them find out about the benefits of the new money-saving technology. They aim to give you information and advice so that you know what to expect and are able to make informed decisions about this new technology.

As part of the Smart Energy GB campaign, every home will have the opportunity to upgrade to a smart meter, with no upfront cost, as part of the national smart meter roll-out. Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which enable accurate bills instead of estimates.

This takes the burden off customers and means they won’t have to take manual readings themselves.

MEC aims to raise awareness of the smart meter roll-out by giving clear and impartial information to the public about smart meters and how they will work as well as empowering local residents to make informed choices.

MEC Affordable Warmth Officer Amanda Martin said: “With household budgets stretched, we’re all on the look-out for savings. “Smart meters can be a real asset to home owners, giving them more control over their energy use and providing more accurate billing. “They have an in-home display that shows how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, providing an easy way of tracking energy use”.

MEC would like to hear from anyone involved with or who knows of any community groups who work with the over 65s and those without internet access. The MEC team can work really flexibly to fit around the groups they engage with. Staff can attend existing groups or events as well as potentially run standalone sessions, it doesn’t have to be a formal ‘talk’ if that wouldn’t work, instead it could just be the team mingling and chatting with people during an event.

To find out more or to discuss getting involved please call Dewi Howell at Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 579833 or email warmhomes@menvcity.org.uk



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