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What is a Smart Meter and when will it be installed?

As part of the National Climate Action Plan, ESB Networks is upgrading all electricity meters across the country. The standard meter that you have in your home now will be replaced with a smart meter. This next generation of digital electricity meters will benefit us all. Smart meters will help us all become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

A smart meter measures electricity usage, like a traditional meter, without the need for estimated meter readings. With smart meters, you no longer have to submit readings or have someone read the meter.

Smart meters are the next generation electricity meters and will replace older mechanical meters. When fully operational, smart meters will bring benefits to the consumer, the environment and the economy.

With smart meters, there will be no need for estimated bills. You will be able to access the information you need to make more informed choices about your consumption and tariffs. Accurate information about energy usage across the day will allow you to manage your bills with greater accuracy.

The environment will benefit because smart metering will encourage energy efficiency and support an increase in renewable power on the electricity system. The upgrade program will help to cut CO2 emissions and lower Ireland’s costly reliance on fossil fuel imports.

The economy will benefit because using smart meters will help us to more efficiently manage energy flow at times of high demand. They will also enhance competition and improve consumer experience, customer choice and the range of products and services available.

ESB Networks began the Smart Meter Rollout Programme in 2019. The rollout will be completed by 2024. To date over 1 million smart meters have been installed. See ESB Networks for the latest updates on the rollout programme.

For more information on smart meters and smarter services go to the Electric Ireland Smart Meters page.

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