Meter certification may sound a bit dull, but it’s a pretty important part of making sure we’re able to measure your energy usage accurately. Here are four quick facts you need to know, especially if you’ve received a message saying your meter needs to be replaced.
1: Every meter has a certification
Your meter’s certificate is a bit like a ‘best before’ date. Most people don’t realise that their meter even has a certification, as the information isn’t always written on the meter itself.
2: Your meter’s certification can expire
Your meter’s certification can last between 10 and 40 years. As an energy supplier, we know when each meter is due to expire, so we’ll be in touch when or if yours should be replaced.
If yours does happen to be out of date, it may mean that it’s running slightly too fast or too slow and therefore might not be measuring your energy usage accurately.
3: Your replacement meter could help you use less energy and save ££
We replace expired meters with new, next-generation smart ones also known as SMETS2.
- Give you more accurate bills thanks to automatic meter readings;
- Help you track exactly what you’re using - meaning that you could save money by using less energy;
- Should keep all their smart features if you switch suppliers;
- Upgrade the energy grid - which means it gets a whole lot smarter, and is better able to support renewable energy and smart tech like electric vehicles.
Your meter will remain perfectly safe, but it might provide inaccurate data - so you could end up paying the wrong amount.
5: What if I don’t want a smart meter?
When a meter certificate expires, we can’t recertify the existing meter - so we have to replace it. Traditional meters aren’t available in the UK as they are no longer being manufactured, which is why we will replace your expired meter with a smart one.
What happens next…
If you’ve received an email saying your meter needs to be replaced, it’s super easy to book an appointment for an all-up-to-date next generation smart meter installation. Just click here to book*.
*Subject to availability in your area (our engineers are a busy bunch!)