Daily Mail, 2 September 2011

Green plans to make struggling families pay £11.3billion to install smart energy meters in every home risk being an expensive flop and even causing family rows.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne claims the new meters will allow people to see how much energy they are using by the minute, so encouraging them to cut back.

However, a 12-month pilot study involving thousands of British families found they ‘may have not much effect’ on consumption, and can even trigger arguments.

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