Global energy company EDF, which has a major local presence in Brighton & Hove, is one of four companies sponsoring a trial involving smart meters to try to reduce residential energy consumption.
The £20m trial will involve 15,000 homes, which will be equipped with electric and gas meters that can track energy use remotely cutting out the need for meter readings and bills that are estimates based on previous usage.
A further 8,000 homes will be given meters that demonstrate to users how much electricity they are consuming at any one time. It is hoped that a combination of the two will focus the minds of consumers and help them to change their habits and lifestyle to use less electricity.
The UK is lagging behind other EU countries, which have already started to roll out a programme of replacement. France for instance is already replacing every domestic meter with smart meters.
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