Cameron vows green 'smart' meter for every home

A Conservative government will cut Britain's greenhouse gas emissions with a £1bn investment in a high-tech National Grid network with a "smart meter" in every home.

In an interview with the Guardian, the Tory leader said that the new smart grid technology was capable of delivering a "genuinely low-carbon world".

The project will form the centrepiece of a Green Paper setting out the Tory vision of a low-carbon economy, which David Cameron will unveil in an Internet-based launch event tomorrow.

The proposed smart grid would allow energy companies to tell people when they can buy electricity at the cheapest rates, as well as allowing consumers to feed power from solar panels back into the network.

It is hoped that the changes would significantly reduce electricity use, cutting customers' bills and slashing Britain's contribution to the carbon dioxide emissions which are blamed for global warming.

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