Cambridge energy expert welcomes today’s “smart meter” plans

May 15 2009

A Cambridge energy expert believes the government’s plans to install “smart meters” into every home in Britain is a significant step in the fight against climate change.

Ian Macklin is the Managing Director of Cottenham company Kershaw Contracting Services, which installs domestic insulation.

He believes that the plans announced today (Monday 11th May) will generate huge awareness of the real cost of energy... and that should drive consumption down.

Ian said: “These new smart meters will show people exactly how much energy they are using in their homes on a daily basis.

“We know from our own customers that when they start closely monitoring their energy usage they are often horrified at how much energy is wasted in their homes. And that can trigger action to do something about it.

“Using less energy is good for your wallet and reduces your impact on the environment. The desire to have a warmer home that costs less to heat is what drives many new customers to get insulation from us.”

Ian added: “The government has made a very smart move. People will be better educated and will find it easier to justify the small investment needed to make their homes more energy-efficient.”

26 million homes will have smart meters by 2020 according to the government plans.

The new meters would mean an end to estimated gas and electricity bills, no waiting in for a meter reader to call, and would allow householders to see how much energy they are using.

The government is launching a three-month consultation on the proposals.

Kershaw Contracting Services specialises in fitting cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and high efficiency central heating systems and is a division of the Cambridge-based Kershaw Group.

Parts of the Kershaw Group have a history stretching back 120 years. It employs 183 people and is well known for its involvement in the community.



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