By 2020, all UK homes will be offered smart meters – but can they save you money? FInd out in this blog.
Smart meters have been around for a few years now, but they are currently only used by around 12.8 million homes and businesses throughout the UK.
A new Government initiative aims to offer smart meters to all of the UK’s 26 million homes by 2020. The smart meters will all be installed for free, and they can help you see where you could save energy.
How does it work?
Smart meters replace your existing gas and electricity meters and come with a screen so you can see how much energy you are using throughout the day. The screens aren’t compulsory, but they are a handy way to see how much your utilities are costing you. You can also compare your weekly and monthly usage.
Smart meters are designed to save you money, as readings are sent to your utility provider automatically, giving you an accurate bill with no more estimates.
How can a smart meter help me save money?
You’d be surprised how much energy you use with everyday activities. With a smart meter, you can see how much these are costing you in real-time. Get ready to be shocked at the jump on the screen when the kettle is boiling!
By keeping an eye on your smart meter readings, it’s easy to see where you are wasting energy.
How can I save energy and money?
If you’re looking to reduce your energy bills, there are a few things you can do to start saving.
- Turn off standby
- Remember to turn your appliances off at the plug rather than leaving them on stand-by. On average, we waste around £30 per year by leaving things on stand-by mode.
- Use only what you need
- Making a brew? Only boil as much water as you need. More water = longer boiling time, which uses more energy.
- Turn off the tumble dryer
- Tumble dryers can be very expensive to run. Drying your laundry outside, or using a clothes airer indoors is a good way to reduce your energy bills.
- Check the energy ratings
- Whenever you’re buying new appliances, try to go for the most energy efficient option available. Models with an A++ rating will save you the most money throughout the year.
- Draught proof your home
- If you are always blasting the heating, consider sealing any gaps in your windows or doors to avoid losing heat and to insulate your home better.