Smart meter rollout has failed to change energy habits

The British public is split on smart meters a decade on from their launch, with just four in 10 thinking the £13bn project has been worth it.

The rollout of the controversial energy measuring devices has been plagued by setbacks and delays. Initially set to be installed in all homes by 2020, energy suppliers now plan to offer smart meters to all homes by the end of 2025.

Some 10 years on from their launch, roughly 40pc of the public think the rollout has been worth it, while a quarter think it has not, according to a survey by price comparison website Moneysupermarket.

Around one in five energy customers strongly agreed the smart meter rollout had been worth it, while a quarter somewhat agreed. Roughly one in 10 somewhat disagreed the rollout was worth it, while 13pc strongly disagreed. 

Even including supporters, the survey found only 29pc of people had made any change to the way they consume energy. Many said they failed to understand their smart meter or could not trust the device.

Those who supported the rollout said the devices had helped consumers become more energy conscious, brought an end to estimated bills, and encouraged a better understanding of how the energy market operates.