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10:00, 17th February 2017

Sheffield and Switch2 roll out smart meters to heat network

Sheffield City Council is rolling out Switch2's smart energy prepayment meters to 5,800 homes connected to its heat network.

This is predicted to reduce customers' total annual bill by £1.4 million, with the first 227 homes using the pay-as-you-go meters saving an average £238 each over the first year. The technology can be used for either prepayment or credit billing, but more than 80% of residents opted for prepayment to provide better budgeting control and because there is no price differential between the two payment types.

Kirsty Lambert, Director of Switch2, said: "The heat network industry is pointing the way forward for the big six energy suppliers. Advanced smart metering has been available in our sector for a number of years. When implemented properly, prepayment tends to become the most popular, flexible choice. Customers can monitor and control their energy consumption, budget better and save money."

The G6 smart pay-as-you-go unit was introduced by Switch2 in 2012, using wireless technology to replace the traditional corner shop/token based prepayment system with an instant top-up credit facility via the internet, smartphone app, phone, or any PayPoint location. The technology includes a graphical in-home display to show residents how much energy they are using - helping them to monitor and reduce consumption and save money.

Switch2 has more than 35 years’ experience of smart metering and billing for the community energy and district heating sector. The company remotely manages and monitors its smart meters from its UK customer service centre, which offers complete billing and administration services.