Fewer than one in four people understands what a smart energy meter is and wants one installed, according to official figures that highlight the scale of the challenge to the government’s target of a nationwide rollout by 2020. Polling of 10,000 people for Smart Energy GB, the organisation set up by government and given the task of promoting the £11 billion scheme, found that only 33 per cent of people understood what a smart meter was. Of these, about half were interested in getting one and a fifth had one installed already. Overall, therefore, 24 per cent of people knew what a smart meter was and either had one or wanted one. The government has told energy suppliers that they must try to install smart gas and electricity meters in every home and small business by 2020. About five million have been installed to date. The meters take automatic gas and electricity readings, send them to suppliers and allow households to monitor their usage in real time.
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