The Scottish National Party's Mr Pete Wishart , Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has highlighted the increased control that households in his constituency can gain over energy bills through smart meters, with average annual savings of £65 per household.
Mr Wishart said:
"Perthshire has been at the forefront of the development and roll-out of the use of smart meter technology with Scottish & Southern installing Scotland’s first cutting-edge smart meters in customers' homes, as part of an innovative partnership with the community of Alyth.
"With smart meters, households can see how much gas and electricity they are using, as they use it, and how much that costs in pounds and pence. By gaining insight into what they are spending and where, consumers can take control over their energy use and consequently their bills.
"Smart meters also send meter readings to suppliers automatically, seeing an end to estimated bills.
"All energy companies are required to deliver smart meters to every home and business in the country by 2020, and I would urge everyone to get contact their provider to see about getting one fitted as soon as possible.
"I am pleased that British Gas has recently announced not only that it will install a smart meter in customers' homes when their standard meter comes up for replacement and that customers can register on their website to be considered for accelerated replacement.
“Particularly at a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet, this is good news for the families in Perth & North Perthshire. Energy bills are a big worry for some households and anything that can provide greater transparency and help people take control of their costs and reduce waste is welcome."