The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today published plans regarding the introduction of smart meters in all UK properties by 2020.

Private landlords and other homeowners will see these new devices, which display real-time information on their gas and electricity use, installed in their properties.

It is hoped that the new system will provide customers with more clarification about their energy spending, as well as being good for the environment.

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband said: "This is another part of our Great British refurb. The meters most of us have in our homes were designed for a different age, before climate change."

Smart meters will also spell the end for estimate meter readings, which means there will be a new focus on accuracy.

Current landlord responsibilities include informing new customer of the meter readings in properties prior to a tenancy agreement getting underway.

Written by John Weeks

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