British Gas smart meters
British Gas is currently paving the way towards revolutionising how we, as energy ‘consumers’, use a track our energy consumption. Taking the form of brilliant new ‘smart meters‘, customers will be able to see how they spend their money on energy better than ever before. This gives you huge control over all aspects of energy usage around your home – being in control allows you to use your energy wisely, saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment. And what’s more is it removes the need for those pesky house calls – the British Gas smart meters send reports back to British Gas automatically each and every day, giving you peace of mind; all the more important now that it’s getting cold outside! Just like traditional gas meters, British Gas smart meters stay tucked away in infrequently visited places – but how do you track your usage? You receive an in-home display usnit knows as a Smart Energy Monitor, allowing full control and tracking over your energy. An Oxford Economics Report on British Gas smart meters has run some numbers on how effective the smart meters are at saving money (between 2012 and 2030), and the figures are astounding; overall approximately £14 billion is estimated to be saved nation wide as a result of British Gas smart meters. Here’s the breakdown:
- £11.2 billion in energy savings for households and businesses. The report finds that smart meters, by helping households and businesses see the energy they use and by providing personalised energy advice, will help save the average household 5% (around £60) on their yearly bill.
- £10.7 billion in efficiency savings for energy suppliers. With the British energy market being one the most competitive in the world, the report expects much of these savings will be passed onto consumers giving them additional reductions on their energy bills.
- £3.2 billion in generation related savings. Lower energy demand from smart metering reduces the amount of energy generated and used for consumption in Britain. The savings will be made from reduced costs around the trading of carbon.
Some of the questions that first came to my mind were “how do you get one?” and “does it cost me anything?”. Well that’s where some more good news comes in – when you’re ready for an upgrade, you’ll be contacted and told exactly how it all works, when it can be installed, and how to use the Smart Energy Monitor. And in terms of cost to you? Absolutely free! You simply pay your regular energy bills as per usual, at no extra cost or set fee. To really get an idea of how brilliant the British Gas smart meters are, check out the video below:
Personally, I think it’s a great concept and really does show how, as a society, we are moving towards a more economically conscious and technologically, forward thinking society.
For more information regarding British Gas smart meters or more of British Gas’ awesome changes, visit their facebook page or follow their twitter account. And don’t forget to tell us what you think! Do you think it’s a positive, negative, or anything else? After all, a Government mandate has said there to be one in every home 2019.