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Know your meter - and get energy smart!

Special training sessions are being laid on to help people get to grips with smart meters – and save cash on household bills.

Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) is running home energy efficiency and smart meter information sessions specially aimed at older people – especially those with no internet access.

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which are replacing traditional domestic meters.

Installed by energy suppliers, they are a simple way to keep tabs on household energy use and expenditure.

Between now and 2020, every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter at no extra cost.

To help people make the most of the new technology, MEC are running short, fun and informative sessions aimed at community events and older people’s groups.

MEC Affordable Warmth Officer Amanda Martin said: “With household budgets stretched, we’re all on the look-out for savings.

“Smart meters can be a real asset to home owners, giving them more control over their energy use and providing more accurate billing.

“They have an in-home display that shows how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, providing an easy way of saving energy use.

“I would definitely recommend people to find out more about how they could work in their home.”

The Smart Energy GB in Communities programme is being delivered by a consortium of charities: National Energy Action (NEA), Energy Action Scotland (EAS) and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

  • The team at MEC can attend community events to provide advice or deliver a talk on energy saving and smart meter technology - call 01642 579820 and ask for the Affordable Warmth Team to find out more.