What’s in this guide?
Wondering what a white meter is? A white meter is basically the Scottish equivalent of the Economy 7 meter that many homes use in the UK.
Did you know that white meters allow customers to have seven hours of cheaper electricity at night?
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about white meters, including what they are and how to switch.
Let’s dive in and find out if having a white meter would be right to you.
What is a white meter?
Similar to Economy 7 meters, white meters mean that you have seven hours at night where your electricity cheaper.
This is generally with slightly higher day rates, so it’s usually preferable for people that work at night.
The specific hours that you’ll be able to benefit from this lower rate is usually dependent on your energy supplier, but in some cases, it might say on your actual meter.
It does tend to fall between 10:30 pm and 8:30 am.
If you fall within any of these categories, you might be able to benefit more from a white meter:
- Work at night
- Are out a lot in the day
- Have a wet radiator electricity system with an electric storage heater
Remember, to have a white meter tariff; you need to have the meter.
This is because you need to be able to have a meter that shows you your two different rates; one for the day and one at night.
Switching to a white meter
If you are considering a switch to a white meter, there are certain points that you should take into consideration.
You should first establish the times of day that you are most likely going to be at home, as this will probably help you decide whether a white meter will be worth it.
For instance, if you use 40% of your energy at night, you could benefit from having seven hours of electricity.
However, if you at home a lot during the day, you may end up overpaying for your energy, and so the cheaper night rate likely wouldn’t be worth it.
If you have an electric storage heater, you may be able to charge it during the cheaper night times and then use it during the next day, in which case it could be very beneficial to take a closer look at the white meter deals.
The last thing is to consider when you use some high energy consuming appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines.
As these are some of the more expensive machines, you should consider a white meter if you use these overnight, which could make you some serious savings.
White meter pros
✔ Cheaper night rates
✔ Save more by using appliances at night
✔ A low price of energy for seven hours
✔ If you have an electric storage heater, you could save even more
White meter cons
✗ Requires a meter which can be expensive to install
✗ May not be worth it if you use most of your energy in the day
How to read a white meter
White meters have two different rates they record; one for the day rate and one for the night.
Take readings of both of these and provide them to your energy supplier for the most accurate billing.
Browse between different settings.
To take the reading, just read the values displayed on the meter screen,
Then, write them down, and send the information to your supplier, who will then bill you with the figures they have received.
Switching to a regular tariff
Changing back to a standard meter may prove to be very difficult, as it requires you to reinstall a standard meter which can be very costly.
If you want to switch deal or energy supplier, you will have to tell your old supplier and begin looking for a new contract.
After this, you will have to let your new supplier about your White Meter.
Are white meters right for me?
A white meter might be right for you if you use most of your energy at night, as you can benefit from the lower night rates.
However, you should be careful about how much energy you use in a day as that could end up with you having a massive unexpected bill.
Did you know that you could be saving up to £500 on your energy bills every year?