Almost every large business in the UK will have a half hourly electricity meter installed on their premises as those that use the most electric power these meters are required by law. Other businesses can opt in to have them on a voluntary basis.
Over time, all business users will have half hourly metering systems, although this is a long-term vision. All buildings will automatically hook up to smart meters so that they can monitor electric usage and make efficiency savings recommendations to cut costs.
What does a half hourly meter do?
In its basic format, the meter simply sends a reading every half hour back to the energy company that is supplying the electricity. The readings are undertaken mainly by a mobile phone type of connection although some use fixed phone lines.
Having automated readings means the meters do not have to be manually read. Bills are always 100% accurate, up to date and the data used to manage energy efficiency programmes via software. Many options exist either directly with the energy company or with the business installing a professional system themselves.
All businesses that have a half hourly meter installed are also part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) programme which is a carbon emissions trading scheme.
How to check if you have a half hour meter installed
It's very easy to see if your business already has a half hourly meter at your premises by looking at the meter number. The meter number begins with an "S" (capital letter) then two rows of numbers. If the top row starts with "00" then you have a half hour meter. These first two numbers are often referred to as the profile class reference number.
Other meter numbers range from 03 to 08. If you meter begins with 05, 06, 07 or 08, this indicates the meter is a light usage HHM or a voluntary HHM. The bottom row of numbers is your MPAN or Meter Point Administration Number. You'll need this to register with the CRC scheme as well as if you're thinking of switching your energy provider.
Tendering Your Business
The purchasing process is quite time-consuming, so we offer all half hourly metered customers a fast, free and tailored procurement process. Simply enter your data online and we'll take care of the rest.
We'll tender to all energy companies to get the best prices for you and switch contracts on your behalf. There is no charge for this service and we'll also provide access to our energy management software systems.
To start the process, click on the following button:Start your quote >