Electricity comes from power stations but you have to pay for it – JD, 5
I like to think we’re pretty disciplined about our gas and electricity usage – we turn off the lights when we’re out of the room, we don’t leave things on stand by, we keep the thermostat at a sensible temperature – but when the bill arrives on our mat at the end of the Winter, the amount is always a shock.
Well it turns out this isn’t an uncommon problem, which is why the Government plans for all British homes to have a smart meter installed by 2019 to track energy usage more efficiently by sending daily readings to the supply companies once a day. In essence, this means less money spent on sending out meter readers, which means savings that can be passed on to customers.
Earlier this year, British Gas commissioned Oxford Economics to investigate the value of smart metering to Britain and the results suggest that their nationwide introduction could make British homes and businesses nearly £14 billion better off.
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So with all that data in mind, British Gas is getting ahead of the curve and introducing smart meters into customer’s homes today.
But British Gas also wants to help make it easier to avoid energy waste in the home and keep bills under control, so all British Gas Smart Meters now come with wireless Smart Monitors so you can see the energy you use, as you use it.
It’s a rather clever little gadget that tells you all sorts about how your using gas and electricity – watch this:
So with the new Smart Meter and Smart Monitor from British Gas, you can take control of your energy usage by tracking how you use energy in near real time. And because you can look back over time and project forwards, the new system also allows you to budget much more effectively, which of course means potentially saving money, not to mention having peace of mind that there won’t be any nasty shocks when the bill arrives.
This initiative appeals to me hugely so we’ve just registered our interest in switching over to a Smart Meter and Smart Monitor. Anything that helps us reduce energy in the home sounds like a good thing, right? Not just for our pockets but also for the environment.
Here’s the link to pre-register for British Gas smart meters. If you fill in the form, British Gas will contact you and arrange for a Smart Energy Expert to come and change your meter over. The whole thing take about 90 minutes, and while they’re there, they’ll talk you through how to use your Smart Energy Monitor and even show you how to save on your bills by providing Energy Efficiency advice.
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. Words and opinions are my own