A half-hourly electricity meter is a special type of metering system which utilises smart technology to provide a more accurate electricity reading. The system relies on a fixed line which sends updated meter reads to the energy supplier every half hour.
Because half-hourly meters offer remote, fully-automated reading, there’s no need to read the meter manually, offering greater convenience for businesses and allowing for accurate, up-to-date billing with no need for estimation.
Additionally, businesses can access this consumption data from the supplier. By reviewing exactly when they use electricity throughout the day, it’s possible to work towards operating more efficiently and reducing operational energy use.
In UK, businesses that consume more than 100 kw of electricity, half-hourly meter reading is compulsory. Other businesses that consume over 70 kw can also get half-hourly meter installed, although it is optional for them.
If your business has recently moved to new premises and you would like to find out if the property has a HH or non-HH meter reader, it’s easy to determine which type of reader is installed by referring to a previous energy bill sent by the supplier. The bill will contain an ‘S number’ - if the number in the top left is ‘00’, there is a HH meter installed at the property.
Just like other business electricity tariffs, half hourly tariffs offered by various business electricity suppliers differ in each region and business type. You can use our online business energy price comparison to compare electricity tariffs offered by electricity suppliers.
P272 is the industry name of the mandatory regulatory change for electricity meters in classes 05-08 (often called Max Demand Meters) that affects over 100,000 UK businesses.
P272 legislation has now been in place for over 3 year. Implemented in April 2017, P272 is regarded as one of the most significant changes in the business energy market since deregulation.
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