If you're ready to request a smart meter for your small business, simply enter your energy supplier in the box below and we’ll connect you. If your business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.
3 benefits for getting a smart meter for your small business
Making Bills Simpler
Smart meters send automated bills direct to your energy supplier, saving your business time for other tasks.
Goodbye to Estimated Billing
Smart meters mean accurate, not estimated, bills – meaning you only pay for the energy you use.
Do Your Bit For The Environment
From the moment your smart meter is installed, you are helping create a smart energy system which could ultimately help reduce our carbon emissions as a nation.
Smart meters are being installed in small businesses across Britain. They give you the information you need to better manage your energy usage, helping you to manage your budgets. This includes businesses with separate business premises, and those based at home that use a separate gas or electricity meter for their business.
If you currently have a shared meter in your business space, ask your landlord about getting a smart meter for your building. When it’s time for your installation, your energy supplier will work with you to find a time that’s convenient for you both. They may even offer installations on a Saturday, or in the evening, to minimise disruption to your business.
Many small businesses can get a smart meter at no extra cost, but contact your supplier today to find out more about what they are offering and to see if you are eligible.
Which businesses can get a smart meter?
Whether your business can get a smart meter or not is based on:
- the number of employees your business has
- your business' annual turnover
- your business' energy consumption.
You may be eligible for a smart meter if your business:
- has fewer than ten employees, or their full-time equivalent (including the business owner)* or;
- has an annual turnover of less than £1.67 million or;
- uses no more than 100,000 kWh of electricity per year or;
- uses no more than 293,000 kWh of gas per year
*You may also be able to get a smart meter installed if you have a small business with more than ten employees based on the annual turnover and energy consumption criteria listed above.
To find out if your business is eligible for a smart meter, contact your energy supplier or broker for more information. Find out more about how you can get a smart meter installed for your business now.
How others have used smart meters to help their businesses
Jordan: My name’s Jordan Prada and my small business is Kilo. We’re a zero-waste shop based in North London. We sell pantry goods, cleaning products, oils and vinegars, all loose and by weight so you can by exactly what you need and reduce packaging waste.
Josh: Hi, I’m Josh and I’m one of the co-founders of The Syrup Room. Me and my business partner, Jamie, started The Syrup Room a few years ago now out of a scrap yard. So, we used to salvage metal, old lights, lamps…polish them up and sell them into the antiques trade.
Jordan: So as a small business there’s always highs and lows and it takes a lot of hard work to be successful and you know sometimes it feels like you can’t get anything right and then all of a sudden, things just fall into place and you find a formula that works for you.
Josh: There’s definitely been struggles in business and some of the main ones have been: unquantifiable bills, admin fees and all the things that kind of creative people find hard.
Jordan: The past few years have been particularly challenging but there’s a few things we’ve done to overcome those challenges and success. It’s important to us to be smart with energy, obviously, as a business the more money you can save, the better. So having things like LED lights keep our energy bills lower than having standard light fixtures. Also from a sustainability perspective, our shop runs on renewable resources.
Josh: we have to be smart with our energy savings. We run a totally electric fleet of cars and vans, so we are really really particular about how much energy we have to use. One of the ways we do this is with our smart meter. It enables us to keep a visual eye on what’s actually going out energy wise and prompts us to turn things off, use lower energy and only keep the heating on when we need it.
Jordan: To help us continue to grow in the future we’ve applied for a smart meter. We’re hoping that that just helps us only pay for exactly the amount of energy that we’re using, so saving us money, helping us understand exactly how much energy we’re using and see if we can reduce it anywhere.
Josh: Our future holds some really exciting projects. Bigger projects, crazier projects, international projects. Just a lot of fun hopefully.
Jordan: Hopefully next for Kilo, we’d love to have more shops. We are constantly listening to our customers so we’re always expanding our product range.
Josh: If I was to advise anyone starting a new business, I would say definitely keep your outgoings low. That’s been one of the main issues when the work doesn’t come in, you do have times where the bills still go out.
Jordan: Be patient and trust that it’s going to happen in its own time. It will work out.
Request your smart meter
If you haven’t already got a smart meter, you can request one from your energy supplier below. If your business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.
Want to find out more?
- Request a smart meter - find everything you need to know about how to request a smart meter for your small business with our step-by-step guide.
- FAQs about smart meters and small businesses - find the answers to all of your frequently asked questions about smart meters in small businesses.
- Money saving tips for small businesses - our top tips to help your small business cut costs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How long does installation take?
Installations normally take about two hours and are arranged in advance so that you can make any necessary arrangements beforehand to ensure minimal disruption to your normal business operations.
Will my small business be charged to get a smart meter?
Many small businesses can get a smart meter at no extra cost. Depending on your business’s energy supplier and tariff, you may be charged for a part of the upgrade or for access to your energy usage data. Your supplier will let you know about any charges up-front.
Can I arrange installation outside of working hours?
Energy suppliers will work with you to find a time that’s convenient for you both. Some suppliers offer installations on a Saturday or in the evening to minimise disruption to your small business; please speak to your supplier to find out what is available.