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The smart meter rollout is well underway and a greater number of energy suppliers are offering up installations.
But it can be quite confusing knowing exactly what you are in for when you sign up to receive a smart meter.
We have put together a comprehensive guide so you know what is happening with your supplier:
Which suppliers are rolling out smart meters?
If you would like to get a smart meter, these are the suppliers rolling them out so far and the type(s) that they are currently offering.
British Gas are rolling out both First and Second generation smart meters (SMETS1 and SMETS2) – which you’ll get depending on where you live.
You can claim your smart meter for gas and electricity from now and 2025 and this is for Pay As You Go (prepayment) customers too.
Bristol Energy are rolling out SMETS1 for people who ‘urgently need one’. They will be rolling out SMETs2 smart meters later in the year.
Bulb refused to install SMETS1 because they didn’t agree with them but are now rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Co-operative Energy are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Ecotricity are rolling out SMETS1 and SMETS2 smart meters depending on where you live.
EDF Energy have started rolling out and installing SMETS2 smart meters.
EON are currently rolling out second generation (SMETS2) smart meters.
Green Network Energy
Green Network Energy are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Green Star are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Igloo have started asking customers if they would like a SMETS2 smart meters.
Lumo are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Nabuh Energy are rolling out SMETS1.
Npower have started rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Octopus Energy are still rolling out SMETS1 smart meters for people with additional needs (such as people who are not able to read their meter). They are experiencing a shortage of SMETS2 from their manufacturer so have had to suspend their SMETS2 smart meter bookings for the time being.
OVO have started rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Pure Planet have started rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Scottish Power are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Shell Energy are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Simplicity are rolling out SMETS1 smart meters.
Spark Energy are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
SSE are no longer rolling out first generation smart meters and have started rolling out second generation (SMETS2) smart meters instead.
Tonik Energy are rolling out SMETS2 smart meters.
Utilita are still rolling out SMETS1 smart meters.
Utility Warehouse are no longer rolling out SMETS1 and have started rolling out SMETS2 meters instead.
Can I switch when I already have a smart meter?
The short answer is, it depends on the type of meter and on the supplier.
Which suppliers can support your existing smart meter when you switch?
Suppliers in the first table are installing or have at some point installed SMETs1 meters meaning there is a chance that they will still be able to support your SMETS1 meter when you switch.
Again, it all depends on the manufacturer so it is worth ringing them to check first if it is important to you that your smart meter stays smart.
To the best of our knowledge, you can assume that all other suppliers will not be able to support your SMETS1 meter until the end of 2019 when they all connect to the DCC network.
When we spoke to the suppliers in the second column, they informed us that it may take a little time for your smart meter to be fully active but for all intents and purposes, your smart meter should continue to work when you switch.
As you may have already worked out, these suppliers are already rolling out SMETS2 which is why they are able to support them when you switch to them with an existing SMETS2 in your home.
Finally, if you already have a SMETS1 meter installed, it’s unlikely that a supplier will allow you to get a SMETS2.
Should I get a smart meter?
Read our blog here to find out all the advantages and disadvantages of smart meters.