- Switching to a better energy tariff is always a good idea.
- If you don’t have a smart meter yet, make sure to get a 2nd gen smart meter (SMETS 2) that can connect to all suppliers.
- If you have a smart meter already (and it’s a SMETS 1) and if you switch suppliers, your meter may lose some of its functionality but it’s still a good thing to have as it’ll help you monitor your energy usage, and you can use it to provide manual readings to your new supplier, so you’re no worse off than you were before.
Can I still switch energy suppliers if I already have a smart meter?
Yes! Absolutely! The technology just isn’t quite there yet to make switching as smooth a process as it could be.
So what’s the story with smart meters not being as smart as we thought?
Ok, so the smart meters installed up until now across the UK have been 1st generation devices (called SMETS 1) which communicate only with the energy supplier that provides them.
The 2nd generation devices (called SMETS 2) use a central data network which all suppliers can automatically connect to, so they can see your usage and meter readings, and your in-home display shows any supplier’s costs without any problems. To maintain smart functionality and to enable switching between energy providers without losing that functionality, this is the type of smart meter you want in your home.