Citizens Advice Purbeck will be talking to residents in the next few weeks about smart meters. What they are, how they work, and if they’re for you.

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which will replace traditional meters in our homes.

Installed by your energy supplier, they are a simple way to keep control of your energy use. Smart meters come with an in-home display which shows how much gas and electricity you’re using as you use it, and what it is costing.

You can take the in-home display around your home and see how much different appliances or lights cost to run.

This could help you to minimise wasted energy, meaning more money for important things like helping you to keep warm in winter.

Between now and 2020, every household will be offered a smart meter at no extra cost. You don’t have to have a smart meter if you don’t want one.

The smart meter takes regular meter readings which are sent to your energy supplier, meaning you won’t have to take meter readings. It also means the end of estimated billing.

If you have a prepayment meter (paying by key or card), it means you can top up online if you choose to, which could save you a trip to the shop.

If you’d like to find out more, everyone is welcome at the charity's event at Swanage Co-op on Wednesday 5th December 12pm to 2pm, or pop in to talk to an Adviser at any outreach across Purbeck.

For opening times see http://purbeckadvice.org.uk/our-services.html.