Consumers who want to monitor and control their use of cheap gas may soon be able to use a smart meter, but not before the government has addressed the value for money aspect.
This is the finding of a report by the comptroller and auditor general at the National Audit Office, which noted that the cost of rolling out the energy efficiency devices will be borne by energy suppliers.
In turn, these costs could be passed on to domestic energy users via their bills.
Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, commented: "The benefits of proceeding with this major technological and logistical undertaking are still uncertain. There is limited evidence of how much and for how long British consumers' behaviour might change, and costs could escalate."
He called for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to carry out regular reviews of costs benefits and risks to customers while the rollout of smart meters is ongoing.
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