British Gas Smart Meters Review

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

British Gas Smart Meters Review

A few weeks ago I told you about how we have had a British Gas Smart Meter installed. Well here is my first update on how we are getting on. Do you know how much gas and electricity you use? Are you guilty of going out and leaving the boiler on?

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Until recently I lived in blissful ignorance. Well no more! I have been monitoring our usage over the last week and it has ranged from £4 - £6 a day!

I am at home most of the day and last week due to middle man being ill I was in all day everyday. I have found that by putting the electric heater on in the conservatory rather than heating the whole house, I can save around a pound a day. Now that will add up! These are only rough calculations but the smart meter has got me considering our consumption and turning off unnecessary lights. (My Dad will be proud of me!)

If you are a British Gas customer, you can register for a free smart meter here. You might also like to watch this video for more information.


I am going to continue monitoring my usage over the next few weeks and hope to get my usage down to around £4.50 a day to start with. I will make a point of only heating the room I am in and I am wondering about whether drying the towels on the radiators rather than the tumble dryer might be a small change for the better. What energy saving tips would you recommend so that I can get my bills down? Have you got any energy saving ideas you would like me to investigate?




We were already British Gas customer, so the smart meter installation was free of charge, but I have been compensated for writing about this post to raise awareness of this scheme.


65 comments:

  1. I never realised it was that expensive, I have a slow cooker that I have been using for convenience but I wonder if this is a very expensive way to achieve convenient cooking?

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  2. I did not realise it was this expensive, I have been using a slow cooker for convenience, but perhaps this is a very expensive approach to convenience cooking?

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  3. Louise Fairweather13 November 2013 at 20:38

    I'm not sure as I think they are low heat - but saying that I often leave mine on for ages - will investigate for you!

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  4. We have a smart meter installed and it so interesting watching it work - I have to admit I try not to look at it when I turn on the kettle as both are in the kitchen! The red! x

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  5. Such a great idea, got me thinking about getting a smart meter installed! @cricrinapoli1

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  6. I'm sure if my Dad got one he'd live in the dark with about 50 jumpers on.

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  7. Brilliant, a real eye opener!

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  8. Great article, yes I've been known to go out and leave my boiler on sometimes! Won't do it again though!

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  9. SPLENDID ARTICLE BRAVO

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  10. very informative :)
    Thank you

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  11. Useful, many thanks indeed!!!

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  12. very useful to read it will make me be more aware of what I,m using.and to think of more ways to save me money. Thanks

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  13. I never knew these existed!

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  14. I don't know if I would really want to know how much I spend day to day. I might run around turning everyones PC's off.

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  15. This is new to me - thanks for the post!

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  16. interesting - my bills are huge so would be worth getting for me!

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  17. We have found the little things really save money - making sure the dishwasher has a full load, turning things off at the plug and switching off lights and the TV when not in the room!

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  18. Very informative article, i always switch all electrically items off a night!

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  19. Thanks for the information!

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  20. Interesting, I could definitely do with reducing my energy bills

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  21. Louise Fairweather14 November 2013 at 12:15

    lol - it really does make you think about it!

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  22. Louise Fairweather14 November 2013 at 12:15

    Think we all have

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  23. Louise Fairweather14 November 2013 at 12:16

    I am bad with the dishwasher if my husband is away

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  24. Louise Fairweather14 November 2013 at 12:17

    I honestly have a clue before.

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  25. Louise Fairweather14 November 2013 at 12:18

    The kitchen is a good place to have it though as its easy to see then

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  26. MMMmmmm great saving...will look into it!!

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  27. Thanks for the info. Im always trying to save on household bills.

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  28. with the energy companys acting like a cartel we need as much money saving tips as possible

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  29. i cannot believe how expensive an essential utility is, or how the power companies are allowed to get away with charging so much for that matter. i wonder what the leccy bills are at 10 downing street? whats the bets david cameron hasnt got a clue?

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  30. How effective would this be with a property that doesn't have central heating? would it be worth it? I have an immersion heater which i only turn on when I need hot water(pain in the backside) but just wondering how much I do actually save by doing this.

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  31. I'm not with British gas but i am definitely going to look into this with my current energy supplier. Thanks for the info i really need to save money a the moment!

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  32. Good advice, with just me,hubby and our 16 month old in the house we save energy and water by sharing a bath. One of us will share the bath with our son and the other gets him dry then that person has the same water. Not as nice as having your own bath but with 3 baths to run is much more cost effective to share.

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  33. food for thought - thanks

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  34. Helen Sandra Hunt16 November 2013 at 19:30

    I'm definitely looking into this, thanks for the info :)

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  35. LittleRascalReviews17 November 2013 at 09:17

    I have a portable thermostat which makes it helps & we turn the radiators off in rooms we don't use regularly

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  36. I so wish I could keep our bill down to £6 a week :D

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  37. Only boil as much water as you need instead of full kettles, carpets act as insulation for your floors, keep curtains and blinds wide open during the day to let the sun in, take showers instead of baths, and don't put things in front of radiators like chests of drawers etc, let them radiate!

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  38. Ooh i didn't know about this. Thanks!

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  39. Thanks.. every little helps :)

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  40. im a british gas customer so may look into this

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  41. Great post! Thanks.

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  42. Good tips - thanks

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  43. Johannah Sangster22 November 2013 at 22:10

    thanks for the tips :)

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  44. I would say just switch off what your not actually using the amount we burn away needlessy at times is quite frightening lol not got much by way of useful tips as you pretty much seem to have it covered xoxox

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  45. I am a British Gas customer and think this is a great idea, will definitely be looking into it

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  46. It's crazy how much we use each day and I think having a meter is a great way to keep track of usage and encourages you to be more economical, I think this is a great idea


    Laura x

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  47. Robyn Logan Clarke24 November 2013 at 01:00

    We are always very careful about wasting electricity, my husband is the worst, he seems to hover behind me turning things off before I'm finished with them

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  48. I've already registered my interest, I think this is the way to go, my gas and electricity bill's are so high.

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  49. I do monthly meter readings but I'm never quite sure which appliances use the most electricity. I live in an old house with wooden floorboards so it is always freezing in winter. I am trying to educate my kids (and husband) to close doors to keep heat in.

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  50. with the price increases we need to cut back where possible

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  51. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:36

    It's great as long as you look at it. Have been really busy this week so I dread to think how much we have spent!

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  52. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:37

    Well my theory is, it can only help and as it's free for British Gas customers you have nothing to lose x

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  53. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:38

    I think most people do x

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  54. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:38

    Well I have tumble dryer, washing machine and dishwasher on at the mo so it will be red. Will look into that for my next post tho.

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  55. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:39

    I think remembering is the hardest part x

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  56. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:39

    Fab tips - thanks

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  57. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:41

    So do I! Ours is sometimes £6 a day - had to double check I hadn't done a typo there!

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  58. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:41

    My husband wants thermostats on the radiators

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  59. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:42

    Yeah our kids share

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  60. Louise Fairweather24 November 2013 at 21:42

    I think you can buy this type of thing too x

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  61. LittleRascalReviews25 November 2013 at 20:51

    We have these too but don't actually find them very effective (perhaps it's just ours that are naff?)

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  62. This is great news!! A particular eye opener is the fact that your bill could rise 6-10% per degree warmer!!


    Joe
    www.smartpowershop.co.uk

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  63. Definitely going to look more into mine now!

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  64. I am a bg smart metering engineer, i am really glad you are getting your use out of it and saving money!
    One point to mention is that if you go to the menu, click help and then energy tips (the left one) you can read for yourself which ways you can cut your spendings.
    It has on there what we like to call energy efficiency advice, these are tips e.g. turning down your thermostat or heating water in a kettle before putting it on the hob.
    I hope you find this helpful and you continue to enjoy the smart experience.

    Bill from s.e. london

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