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Accessible information to help make sure the smart meter rollout works for everyone 

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New accessible information to help make sure the smart meter rollout works for everyone has been launched by Smart Energy GB and BILD.

A smart meter is a new type of gas and electricity meter. Smart meters will be fitted in 26 million homes by 2020 as part of the GB’s national rollout. 

Smart meters show the amount of gas and electricity you’re using, and how much this is costing you in pounds and pence, on a handy portable screen. They also send meter readings directly to the energy supplier. This means no need for estimated bills, waiting to have your meter read or sending in readings yourself.  

It’s important that people have the right information so that they can decide whether to have a smart meter installed or not.

BILD has partnered with Smart Energy GB to make sure that the right information and support is available for people with learning disabilities. This information was developed with the support of self advocates from a number of advocacy organisations

Download the easy read information about the smart meter rollout >




Making sure the smart meter roll out works for everyone 

Smart meter focus group 1

BILD has partnered with Smart Energy GB to ensure the smart meter rollout works for people with learning disabilities.

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s their task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get gas and electricity under control.

BILD has partnered with Smart Energy GB to make sure that the right information and support is available for people with learning disabilities.


Smart meter focus group 2


One example of the partnership at work began recently when BILD held a focus group to look at ideas for accessible information about smart meters and the rollout, and the best ways to reach people. 

As the pictures show, there was a lot of hard work done on the day, and the comments and suggestions will feed through into the final accessible information for people with learning disabilities. 

A huge thank you to Louise, Brian, Anne, Janet and Dean from CASBA; to Sally from Our Way, and Satnam from Building Bridges, for their hard work. 


Smart meter workshop 4


You’ll be able to see the end result of this work and access this information in hard or digital copy by visiting smartenergyGB.org and there will be information about the smart meter rollout campaign to download from this page later.    


Smart meter champions

To ensure that as many people with learning disabilities as possible have all the information they need, we are recruiting people who have direct contact with people with learning disabilities as smart meter champions to attend a training day so they can help spread the information learnt throughout their organisations. 

See the advert, below. 





 


Smart meter workshop 3

What are smart meters?

A smart meter is a new type of gas and electricity meter. Smart meters will be fitted in 26 million homes by 2020 as part of the national rollout. 

Smart meters show the amount of gas and electricity you’re using, and how much this is costing you in pounds and pence, on a handy portable screen. They also send meter readings directly to the energy supplier. This means no need for estimated bills, waiting to have your meter read or sending in readings yourself. 

Everyone will be offered a smart meter at no extra cost – but you don’t have to have one if you don’t want one. 

It’s important that people have the right information so that they can decide whether to have a smart meter installed or not.




Who are Smart Energy GB?

Smart Energy GB are the voice of the smart meter rollout. 

It’s their task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get gas and electricity under control.

Smart Energy GB has partnered with BILD to make sure that the right information and support is available for people with learning disabilities.