Smart Meters

Check List:

  • Call your energy supplier and see if they will fit a smart meter in your home

How do they save money?

Smart meters don’t save you money directly. Instead they show you how much energy you are using in real time via an in-home display. 

So if you turn on the kettle, the in-home display connected to your meter will tell you how much extra you are using. 

They normally have clear indicators to show when you are using excessive energy. 

This provides you with the information to control what is on and at what time. Doing the washing at night may use a lower energy tariff and so save you money.

However make sure you put your monitor in a prominent position in the house. A kitchen drawer will not be making the most of it.

More information

http://www.smartenergygb.org/

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Electricals/Smart-meters

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/smart_meters/smart_meters.aspx

http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/smart-meters-explained/

Smart Meters

Check List:

  • Call your energy supplier and see if they will fit a smart meter in your home

How do they save carbon?

Smart meters don’t save carbon directly. Instead they show you how much energy you are using in real time via an in-home display. 

So if you turn on the kettle, the in-home display connected to you meter will tell you how much extra you are using. 

They normally have clear indicators to show when you are using excessive energy. 

This provides you with the information to control what is on and at what time. Doing the washing at night may use a lower energy tariff and use energy at a ‘low peak’ time when the grid is at its cleanest.

Using energy at peak times (morning and early evening) means that the grid has to rely on its back up power stations, often coal, which are much less efficient.

However make sure you put your monitor in a prominent position in the house. A kitchen drawer will not be making the most of it.

More information

http://www.smartenergygb.org/

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Electricals/Smart-meters

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/smart_meters/smart_meters.aspx

http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/smart-meters-explained/