Saturday, 3 October 2015

Stay well, warm and in control this winter with smart meters

Autumn has arrived and with winter hot on its heels, I’m already starting to think about how the colder weather and darker evenings will affect our energy bills. To suggest that our flat is rather draughty is the mother of all understatements and I absolutely hate dragging myself out of bed on a winter morning.

Energy bills are not the sexiest of subjects but once the mortgage has been paid it’s actually one of the largest outgoings in our household. Combine draughts and expensive-to-run storage heaters with a husband who can multi-task to watch football on the TV and a film on the iPad, whilst simultaneously bashing away on a laptop, and our bills look something like the national debt.


SmartEnergyGB - Gaz and Leccy


Having no way of knowing how much electricity we’re using, or how much it is costing us as we go along is a pain. This plays out with the constant chopping and changing of our direct debit to our energy supplier – either being in debt to them, or as is the case at the moment, them owing us (a lot).

I’m always looking out for ways to save on our bills, so I was really pleased to hear that the energy industry is finally modernising, and help is on the way.

Between now and 2020, every home in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no additional cost. Smart meters automatically measure and communicate the gas and electricity we use, meaning accurate bills and an end to unpredictable estimates. Best of all a smart meter display provides near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, so we can finally keep track of what we’re using (in my case, what my husband is using!) and reap instant rewards from any energy saving changes we make in our homes.

It’s essential to stay cosy and comfortable during the winter months – and I’m certainly not one to scrimp on lights and heating when I need them on – but there are plenty of small changes we can all make to help keep the costs down… and no, I’m not talking about locking my husband out! Smart meters make this journey a whole lot easier because they let us see the real cost of leaving devices on standby, and help us compare our outgoings when we invest in some thicker curtains to keep the heat in, or run the washing machine at a lower temperature.

Smart Energy GB is the consumer campaign for smart meters. Their independent research report Smart energy outlook has shown that those who have a smart meter are more confident in the accuracy of their bills and the information they have available in order to make decisions about energy.




Sometimes we all need a helping hand to cut back, but using a smart meter is just one way to stay well, warm and in control this winter. Even if – like us – you haven’t had yours installed yet, this Smart Thermometer graphic will help you get started with some tried and tested energy saving tips from smart meter customers and energy experts. I’m definitely going to give them a go this winter.





Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored content – however, my husband does work for Smart Energy GB (and raves constantly about smart meters).

27 comments:

  1. Great tips, I will be trying them. And I do need to get a smart meter so that I know where to make the biggest changes. Thanks for sharing x

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  2. I can't wait to get our smart meter! I often argue with my hubby over how much electricity certain items use.

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  3. Have to admit, I really can't wait for ours to be installed so I can see how much energy I actually use - and I think being able to multi-task three devices at once is a gift!

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  4. I really want one of these, I think everyone should be able to see where they are using electricity and help them cut back etc

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  5. I completely admit I really want one myself - I think it would make things so much easier. x

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  6. I need to get my hubbie to read this! A smart meter would be fabulous for us x

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  7. We need one of these! I have no idea how much we will use as this is our first winter in this house.

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  8. We have a smart meter....We have had it a while and I tend not to look at it now.....Every year I keep meaning to put tin foil down the back of the radiator. I must do it this year x

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  9. We live in an ecohome so it is usually really warm and we don't often need the heating, but I will still be taking advantage of these great tips when it gets really cold!

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  10. What a great idea, fab tips. I am terrible for leaving lights on, we must waste so much x

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  11. We have something very similar and it does make you very aware of all the energy you're using!

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  12. Some fantastic tips - we always try and be frugal when it comes to using gas and electric...hope it's not a severe winter as it's so expensive

    Laura x

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  13. Great tips - I do try and get the children to turn the lights off - my eldest son is the worst. We are lit up like Blackpool Illuminations sometimes! Kaz x

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  14. Excellent tips - hadn't thought of using something like this but because we should look into it for the winter. Thanks!

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  15. I'm always switching off lights in the house no matter what time of day it is! When the clocks change in a couple of weeks I'll be pulling the curtains as soon as we come home from school. Feel free to pop over and link this post up to Finance Fridays if you want.

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  16. Really good post. I admit I'm not that energy efficient and I need to worker harder in the future!

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  17. I have never seen a smart meter just like this before but it is a unique concept that seems to be working. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great post! That infographic is full of really smart tips I bet a lot of people forget about x

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  19. I love these tips they are great. Anything to save money and check what you are using is a good thing!

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  20. Useful tips, probably shouldn't be using so many kitchen appliances at the same time.

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  21. I have been so busy that I forgot that I need to ring up and make an appointment for this

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  22. Great advises, I do have to admit I always- reboil water and leave the light on.. uppss

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  23. We have an online thermostat that I love as it means I can turn the heating up and down to point one degree!

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  24. I've heard mixed reviews on these but i'm definitely going to give them a try

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  25. Greta advice there, everything is so expensive nowadays that we have to do everything we can to keep the cost down. Mich x

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  26. Sounds like a great idea, we already live in a very energy efficient house but I could improve when it comes to charger, boiling the kettle ten times before actually making myself a cup of tea...etc.xx

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  27. oh i love the idea of getting smart meters

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