Efforts to roll out digital displays for smart meters in the coming years to give homeowners better access to cheap energy are being blocked by energy companies, according to the Times.
The government plans to install the £15 devices in millions of UK homes over the next few years as they provide a minute-by minute visual breakdown of energy consumption that homeowners can use with smart meters to work out where they can be more efficient.
Annual bills could be reduced by as much as £130 per home as a result, but the Energy Retail Association (ERA) is campaigning against the installation plan.
Energy suppliers are happy to roll-out smart meters as they will no longer have to send out staff to retrieve the information, but a spokesman for the ERA told the paper energy firms would prefer to offer customers a range of methods to monitor their usage, rather than imposing one system on everyone.
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