Guest Blog: Helping your Employees and the Economy get Smarter

We are calling on tech industry employers, across the country, to support the national smart meter rollout by helping staff to get one installed.

The smart meter rollout is an essential digitisation of our energy system which will make it more sustainable and fit for the future.

For the first time, consumers will benefit from accurate bills and information about their consumption in a language we all understand, pounds and pence. For the tech industry, the data from households and an interconnected smart grid could drive cross-sector innovation and lead to greater business growth.

We recently surveyed 500 business leaders about the potential of smart meters, and overwhelmingly 95 per cent said that they consider smart technology as important to the country’s economic growth. 68 per cent of business leaders then went on to confirm that they are considering the role of smart technology in their own business strategies.

But these opportunities can’t happen unless the foundations of a smarter energy network are in place.

Employers can play their part

Getting a smart meter installed takes place inside people’s homes and its success depends upon every consumer making a positive choice to get a smart meter installed - and being able to arrange an installation at a convenient time.

There are lots of ways which employers can support their staff to have a smart meter installed. You could let staff know about the benefits of smart meters using your own internal communication channels or allow them to work flexibly or have time off to get one installed.

The tech industry is at the forefront of flexible working and innovation in employee benefits. Supporting staff to have a smart meter installed seems like the natural next step that will benefit everyone concerned.

To have lots of resources to support you to do this available on our website at smartenergygb.org/employers or contact Rebecca.Yates@smartenergygb.org / 0203019 1053.

 

techUK is committed to supporting the smart meter programme and ensuring that it delivers benefits to the tech and energy industries as well as the consumer. As employers we are providing information about smart meters to our staff and are allowing them to work flexibly to have their meter installed. For more on our work please contact:

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