Awareness encouraging you to save with smart meters

Smart meters from your supplier

Smart meters are being rolled out to consumers in the UK. Whilst some may not like the idea of a smart meter, it is a government program and the aim is to have a smart meter installed in every home by 2020.

 

So, what is a smart meter?....

A smart meter is a new kind of gas and electricity meter that can digitally send meter readings to your energy supplier. This can ensure more accurate energy bills. Smart meters also come with monitors, so you can better understand your energy usage.

 

Awareness

A smart meter itself won't save you money, but the extras your smart meter will come with can offer much insight into how to lower your bills.Your in-home display lets you see how much energy you are using at different times of the day, week, month or year, which could help you cut your energy usage and your bills by highlighting ways you can be more energy efficient.

Also, many hope that the technology will lead to the creation of innovative new tariffs and personalised plans individually tailored to fit your lifestyle and energy consumption.

 

Do you need one now?

No, you don't actually need to have one now, but you'd be quite surprised how having one fitted makes you more conscious of your electricity and gas use.

At home, we requested one through our supplier by clicking a few buttons on their website. It was easy to arrange, free, and installed within a few days. Installation took about an hour and the smart meter can sit in view basically anywhere in the home. There are various settings on it which can show your daily use, peak times of the day and even what your anticipated bill will be based on usage. By actually seeing what you are using, it certainly makes you more aware of things.

More information on actually getting one can be found here https://www.smartenergygb.org/en/how-to-get-a-smart-meter/how-can-i-get-a-smart-meter/yourself

More information on smart meters can be found at http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/smart-meters-explained/

 

What can you save by just being aware and how can you do this?

You'd be surprised what you can save on your energy bills a month/year just by getting into the habit of doing things slightly differently and training others in your household.

Some examples of this are here:-

Kitchen

- Keep the inside of your fridge between 0 and 5 degrees

- Try to always do a full load in your washing machine

- If you have a dishwasher, don't be lazy if you only have a half load, do it by hand

- Tumble dryers take loads of energy, hang it out if you can instead

- Boiling a full kettle is a waste. How often do you fill the kettle but only use a couple of cups worth of water? Over the space of a year you'd be amazed at how much energy you have wasted.

Home

- Turn off lights if you don't need them on or if you go out of the room

- Things left on standby overnight can use quite a lot of electricity still, especially if they are older items. More modern items have to meet standards so will use less energy on standby, but just take a few moments to think about how many items you have around the home that are on standby every night whilst you are sleeping for 8 or 9 hours and don't need to be. An easy solution to this is, if you are not using it, flick the socket to 'off'.

Did you know, the average cost per household for things left on standby per year is £86 (£1.3 billion) - Which? 2012 study by Defra

Those little spotlight bulbs some of you have around the house eat electricity for fun. LED bulbs have come down and down in price

 

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