Consumer demand for advanced connected appliances will help broaden the appeal of smart meters because of their ability to double as a communications hub for a home networking platform, experts say. "For most parents, the promise of moderate savings from installing a smart meter is helpful, but the real appeal lies in time-saving activities, like being able to come home to a pre-heated oven. The smart home vision brings the benefits of smart meters to life,” said Helen Rowley of the British parenting social network Mumsnet.

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