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With smart meters, you no longer have to submit readings. But having a smart meter installed is just the first step. To really get the most out of your smart meter, you must sign up to a smart meter electricity plan.

Electric Ireland’s smart meter plans are called Home Electric+

Personalised Electricity Usage Charts

Our smart meter Home Electric+ plans give you access to your own Electricity Usage Charts, telling you what time of day and day of the week you are using electricity, so you can use less and save more.

Smart Meter Benefits

Getting the most out of your smart meter

Appliance Category Itemisation

Our Appliance Itemisation feature means you’ll know exactly which appliances categories are costing you the most. With Home Electric+ you can track energy usage and costs of individual appliances all around the house.

Projected Energy Usage

Avoid bill shock with our projected energy usage tools. You will be able to see what your projected bill will be based on your current usage. With Home Electric+, the consumption and spending information is updated regularly.

Getting the most out of your smart meter

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Electric Ireland Supersaver, Green, EV, Affinity or Energy Saver customers: Home Electric+ rates may vary from your current plan, please contact us to activate your Home Electric+ price plan. Equaliser customers will need to deactivate equaliser payments before switching to a smart meter product. Please contact us to discuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Smart Meters?

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.

2. How does a smart meter work?

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.

3. Why should I get a smart 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.

4. How much is this programme costing?

The replacement of over 2 million electricity meters with the next generation electricity meter over a six-year period will cost some €1.2bn. Like other infrastructure upgrades, the cost of the meter upgrade will be recouped over time in charges paid for use of the electricity network which means there is no upfront charge to have a Smart Meter installed. The Commission for Regulation of Utilities has done extensive analysis of the plan and is satisfied that the investment involved represents value for money.

5. Who will carry out the replacement work?

The meter replacement will be carried out by ESB Networks or a company working on behalf of ESB Networks.

6. Will every home get a smart meter?

Yes. Eventually every mechanical meter will be upgraded to a smart meter.

7. When will I get a smart meter?

ESB Networks began the Smart Meter Rollout Programme in 2019. The rollout will be completed by 2024. To date over 850,000 smart meters have been installed. See ESB Networks for the latest updates on the rollout programme.

8. What happens after my smart meter is installed?

Your new smart meter will be automatically checked for connectivity to ensure it can send automatic readings to the network. This check can take up to 30 days and you will be notified once complete. Once your connectivity is confirmed you will be eligible to sign up for a smart meter tariffs.

9. What are the benefits of a smart meter?

Smart meters will only reflect the electricity you’ve actually used. By providing you with greater access to accurate information on your energy usage, you will have greater control over your energy consumption. By changing your behaviour based on your new insights, you can reduce your bills and your carbon footprint.

Having a smart meter installed is just the first step. To really get the most out of your smart meter, you must sign up to a smart meter electricity plan.

Electric Ireland’s smart meter plans are called Home Electric+ and our existing customers can upgrade to a smart Home Electric+ plan easily in their online account for free.