Most consumers believe energy suppliers should foot the bill for smart meters because they will make savings from the scheme.
A survey from Which? found that nine in ten people think energy suppliers should be the ones to meet the £8.6 billion cost of rolling out smart meters.
Consumers are expected to pay for the roll out, but more than four out of five (83 per cent) people said they are not prepared to pay any additional cost to have a smart meters installed in their home.
Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said it is understandable that people do not see why they should have to pay for a scheme that will save energy suppliers alone hundreds of million pounds a year.
"There's an assumption that smart meters will automatically slash people's bills but a smart meter isn't going to insulate your house or follow you around turning lights and appliances off," he said.
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