Smart meter

About SMAP

Smart meters are the next generation of utility meters, and under the UK smart meter roll-out gas and electricity meters will be offered to every home in England, Wales and Scotland by 2019 and to all homes in Northern Ireland by 2020.

Smart meters collect information about energy use in the home electronically without the need for meter readings, and when accompanied by an in-home display unit will let householders see how much energy is being used in their home in real time. SMAP is a new webtool to help households use smart meter data to understand how to save energy: It tells households what are likely to be the most effective home energy saving improvements. It also tells home owners how much energy they can save by making simple changes to the way they use energy in the home.

The webtool works with electricity and gas smart meters as well as oil heating systems.


Aims of the Project

The Energy Saving Trust, with funding from the Northern Periphery Programme (OCTES – Opportunities for Communities through Energy Storage) and from the Scottish Government, developed the Smart Metering Advice Project. This project aims to:

  • Develop the tools and personalised advice provided by the Energy Saving Trust so that it can take best advantage of smart meter data to provide advice to deliver energy related behaviour change.
  • Explore the extent to which these enhanced energy saving advice services, linked to smart meter data, can deliver local and national carbon and energy saving, and protect vulnerable people from fuel poverty.

Trial homes

Under the project, the Energy Saving Trust will work with around 30 households in Dumfries and Galloway and the Highlands and Islands. Smart metering equipment will be installed in each home, and each household will pilot a new web-tool which has been specifically developed for this project.

Using the data generated from the smart metering equipment the user-friendly web tool will display, on a private web-portal, the household’s previous day’s energy use, plus weekly, monthly and yearly records for each fuel (gas, electricity and oil). It will also provide each household with tailored information about how to reduce their energy use through the installation of measures, and from making behavioural changes, and detail the savings that could result.

Throughout the project participating households will be supported by their local Home Energy Scotland Advice Centre, whose advisors will provide both proactive and reactive advice and support.

Phase 1 of the project began towards the end of the 2011/12 financial year and Phase 2 will run until March 2014, at which point an evaluation of the project’s outcomes will be published.

For further information about the project please contact: Elizabeth Leighton, Strategy Manager, Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, e-mail: elizabeth.leighton@est.org.uk.