Despite COVID-19's impact on the energy industry, July saw a huge shift towards full recovery with smart meter installations up 120% from June.
Along with the surge in smart meters, July saw a significant increase in energy switches compared to June, signs that things are well on their way to going back to the way things were before lockdown.
July's figures are still down 36% against July 2019, but the void is rapidly closing, having already clawed back a staggering 152,000 smart meter installations in just one month.
The east of England made up over 20,000 of the installations, with the West of England and the East Midlands very close behind. Since the smart meter installation programme began, the UK has seen 13,620,245 homes have one installed.
Ofgem announced in June - alongside Government guidance - that smart meter installations would once again resume as lockdown begins to ease. The Government decided to extend the existing rollout obligation for six months as well, along with the decision for a new regulatory framework. Energy suppliers are now expected to continue making the necessary steps to roll out smart meters to their domestic and non-domestic customers by 30 June 2021.
One of the key benefits of smart meters is the customer's control of their energy usage, and is also a key step in the direction for achieving Net Zero by 2050.