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Smart meters can save energy and money – here’s everything you need to know

A smart meter puts you in control of your energy use, making it easier to keep an eye on how much electricity your household appliances consume, which in turn can help to cut down monthly bills. The government now requires energy companies to install them for their customers and plans to have the whole country smart meter savvy by the end of 2020. So what does this mean for us? Here’s our handy guide to what’s involved.

What is a smart meter?

Most households will have a smart meter installed by their energy company between now and 2020 but there’s actually no legal obligation to have one:

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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.
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