Householders might find it easier to compare energy and switch tariffs when they receive their smart meter.
According to David Weatherall, housing strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust, three-quarters of consumers are already looking for ways to slim down their energy bills.
"We believe smart meters, when accompanied with clear, real-time visual displays, are a great start in doing just this, as the first step to cutting your energy use is to know when and how you're using it," he explained.
Mr Weatherall cited research showing smart meters can help consumers cut their energy use by between five and ten per cent, simply by pointing out the areas of the house in which people can conserve power.
"Smart meters are not in themselves 'smart' - they can't cut carbon and bills on their own. The householder has to be engaged enough to take action based on the information they're given," he added.
His comments come after the government unveiled plans to start rolling out smart meters to homes in the second half of 2014.
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