Hebrides Energy’s partner Our Power has recently given its local customers the opportunity to get Smart Meters installed.
This is the first time that smart meters have been rolled out to island homes.
Customers in South Uist were the first to benefit from this, with 8 installations carried out, and a further 24 are scheduled to take place in Lewis by the end of this month (September).
SMART meters are the next generation of meters and should bring an end to estimated bills, showing customers their real time costs in pounds and pence. The in-home display should also allow homes to have a better understanding of their energy use, and make positive changes to reduce their energy bills.
Chair of Hebrides Energy, Carola Bell, said: “The UK Government has asked energy suppliers to offer a smart meter to every home in the UK by2020.
"However, customers in the Outer Hebrides have been far down the priority list for the large energy companies. We are delighted that Our Power have committed to doing these installs here.”
Our Power’s Community Project Manager, Georgy Davis commented: "It’s fantastic to see Our Power's first batch of smart meters being installed in the Outer Hebrides. Unfortunately, customers in remote regions are often disadvantaged in terms of accessing the benefits that new technology can bring. Our Power is committed to ensuring that this is not the case for our Hebrides Energy customers."
Switching to Hebrides Energy is a short and simple process that can be completed online or by phone. There are no exit fees for those who wish to return to their original energy provider. If you would like to find out how much you could save, please visit https://our-power.co.uk/hebrides or call 0808 189 4436.
Hebrides Energy is a Community Interest Company working in partnership with not-for-profit licensed UK supplier, Our Power, to give consumers in the Outer Hebrides access to competitively priced electricity.
Partners in Hebrides Energy are: Hebridean Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall, The Stornoway Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Community Energy Scotland.