Most of us dread the appearance of the quarterly energy bill landing through the door, as more often than not, we don’t know what to expect. Energy costs are rising and it is extremely difficult to keep an eye on what we are spending, which results in households wasting endless amounts of energy without even realising. Could the smart meter revolution make wasting energy a thing of the past?
What are smart meters?
Smart meters are a revolutionary way to control your energy bills, with no need for any more estimated bills. Smart meters are being used as a replacement for energy and gas meters. They include a portable display screen that tells you exactly how much energy you have used and the total cost. This means you will know exactly what to expect when that dreaded utility bill arrives and it may not be as bad as you initially anticipated! Many companies will soon be upgrading their customers to smart meter installation, and the organisation Smart Energy GB will be helping educate households and businesses about this big step. Figures have shown that the introduction of smart meters may save households hundreds of pounds per year, which is particularly beneficial for families who are trying to make every penny stretch as far as possible. There are a number of advantages in using smart meters for families.
By making energy usage and pricing information transparent, consumers will be able to better understand what their needs and usage patterns are within the household. This makes it easier to comparison-shop across different energy companies, because the customer is empowered with much more detailed information than previously, under an estimated bill. The technology of smart meters also makes it possible that in the future, variable pricing schemes and other tools may come along that make saving money on energy even easier.
By showing you when you’re using most energy, smart meters give you a pretty good idea which appliances are costing you the most money, so you know what measures to take to reduce your costs. For instance, leaving lights and switches on may be burning far more energy than you imagine.
Save Money on the Go!
We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve left the house and returned to a blast of heat. That’s what happens when you forget to turn the heating off and just think of how that energy (and money) you could be wasting. By showing how much energy you’re using, a smart meter will allow you to see if anything has been left on unintentionally so you know you won’t be returning to any nasty surprises. The simple energy meters will tell you all you need to keep those costs as low as possible.
The revolution of the smart meter can also be educational for young children, as they can become more aware of how to be more energy efficient in the future. This is fundamental, not only for saving costs, but also for protecting the environment. It could be said that we are far too frivolous when it comes to using energy these days and this may be down, in part, to a lack of education. Young children can definitely benefit from being part of a family who understand the best ways of becoming energy efficient.