Friday, 13 December 2013

Smart Meters Around The World

We have recently had British Gas smart meters installed. I sometimes wonder if I can really make a difference when it comes to saving energy. After all we are just one of billions of families. Will we really make a difference? However, if we all make small changes then a bigger difference can be made, so I continue with trying to be as green as I can. I must admit I thought that the UK would be right at the top of energy saving in Europe but was surprised to hear that 94% of households in Italy have smart meters installed. You can read about my smart meter journey here. My boys are now showing an interest in the smart meter too which is fantastic as they are the next generation. If they start learning about energy saving now hopefully this will continue in the future. Even better is that it helps us save money too.

Conservative forecasts estimate that between 90 and 130 million meters will be installed worldwide every year until 2022 with the initiatives underway around the world. Closer to home, London is on course to save 219m through the smart meter revolution. If you are an existing British Gas customer, you can register for your free smart meter here. If you are looking for more information about them, then why not have a quick look at the video below.





What changes are you making to help save energy? Are you committing any saving energy sins?




We were already British Gas customers so a smart meter was installed free of charge, but I have been compensated for this post to raise awareness of their scheme.

139 comments:

cwillmer said...

What a fantastic idea as you say it is not just one house but if everyone does a little it will soon add up and save people money also.

Louise Fairweather said...

They can't tell what you are doing just overall how much you are using. On the is side it's accurate rather than estimated billing x

EEM said...

Hmm, how long have you had this installed and have you seen a difference with your bilks since?

Louise Fairweather said...

No we haven't had a bill yet - got to keep remembering to switch stuff off in the meantime which is easier said than done.

Naomi Howells said...

What a great idea..anything to save some money.

Paula Harvey said...

Cant believe the gas and elec prices at the mo! Surely everyone needs to save a little with the new price hikes!

Jennifer Rhymer said...

Gas and Electric prices will continue to rise and nothing will stop them - The more money these companies have, the more they want...

beckykingston said...

Anything to try and save a little money is always a big help. Definitely need to save money, cannot believe how much its all rising. In my first home so the advice is always helpful!

PamGregory said...

Switch most things off & remove plug when not being used

sue said...

i turn off rather than standby as standby uses the same amount of power as on.

Jacqueline Roberts said...

Don't have gas in our village :(

tabbaz said...

We do not have any gas where we live

Mellissa Williams said...

turning off lights, turning off the tap and not letting it run when brushing my teeth

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes this is something I need to teach my kids

Sara said...

I turn off and unplug kettles and toasters etc once I"m done using them.

Julie Jingle Baxter said...

turning off lights and plugs when not using them. filling the kettle with as much water as you need only, turning radiators off in rooms that are not being used

Tinselgirl said...

I now try and use less water in the kettle, have always turned lights off when not needed, wearing extra clothes, turning the heating down even by 1 degree can make a difference, etc.
(Kim W)

Donna Kent said...

My smart meter has made me a bit of a light switch nazi but it really does work.

Happy Homebird said...

One of these meters would be so useful, I'd love to know what the different appliances in my home use. I never leave the tv on if we are not in the room anymore.

Tracy K Nixon said...

I boil the kettle for a cuppa and forget to make one so I have to reboil....this can happen 3 or 4 times lol! Oooops!

Caroline Clarke said...

I boil the kettle a few times before I actually remember to make a coffee. Whoops.

Yolanda Davis said...

i'm pretty good at keeping my bills low but i live alone in a 1bed flat so thats a good start right? my worst sin is my laptop battery wont charge so its plugged in up to 12hours a day with the tv on as well and usually a light.

Jan Gourd said...

Leaving the computer on 24/7

nicola stott said...

It's go to be leaving almost every piece of electrical equipment on standby

ashleigh allan said...

having the heating on too much

Chris said...

I try not to have a heating sin. I only allow the heat on when it drops below zero. I am an energy dragon. The only concession is I allow my husband to have the electric blanket on his side of the bed for an hour or two. Not quite sure how I am still married!

haxell said...

I should put spare boiling water in the flask for later but haven't got round to that yet. One thing which really worries me about these meters is who would have access to the data (could it be hacked, for example) and if unauthorized access could be obtained then it would be easy to know when houses were empty ...

Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

Rosalind Sargent said...

Turning the fire up when I am cold instead of putting extra layers on

Katharine Bourne-Francis said...

Leaving the TV on standby

Meryl Rees said...

Leaving doors open

David Vessey said...

I probably resort to putting the central heating on unnecessarily.

anthony harrington said...

having too many showers on full power

Chris Davies said...

Leaving window open

Kim Carberry said...

I leave too many things on Standby!

sian hallewell said...

My biggest energy sin is leaving my TV on ALL night!

Paul Wilson said...

I have a PC that runs 24/7.

Leanne V Mckenna said...

leaving things on standby all the time

michele omalley said...

Leaving the lights on all night

Claire Woods said...

Leaving PC's on standby, even when not using it.

Deborah Torr said...

Leaving the lights on around the house

Amanda Mallows said...

Leaving the television on when I'm not in the room.

Stacey Carnell said...

Having the living room/kitchen door open with the fire on - oops

Tarnished said...

Having my fire on all the time - it's an electric fire, I swear my electricity bills doubled when I had it installed...but my house is FREEZING all the time so it's sort of a necessity.

angiehoggett said...

leaving the heating on when I go to bed then it gets way too warm!

Helen Sandra Hunt said...

Not turning my PC off when not in use, many a time I've forgotten to switch it off when I go off to bed

AliThorpe said...

I do boil the kettle too often, and I do like turning the heating up.

Louise Nicole Hutchings said...

I leave the radio on for the dog when I go out

Diana Cotter said...

Leaving the hall light on overnight and not switching things off standby

caroline tokes said...

leaving the heating on over night

Jim Dempsey said...

Leaving my lights on

Lowri Tegan Earith said...

keeping my laptop plugged in all the time!

PamGregory said...

Boiling too much water for a cup of tea!

Katie Evans said...

Using the tumble drier makes me feel guilty.

Helen Allan said...

Staying in the shower too long and using the tumble dryer.

Jacqueline Oliver said...

Leaving the TV on even though no one is watching it

Sarah Ottley said...

Doing small loads of washing in the winter when it's hard to get a big load dried

Wendy Collard said...

Using the tumble drier - lots! We just don't have the space to hang clothes out to dry, I make sure in the summer it is hung out on the line, but in winter our tumble drier is in constant use oooops.

Esther James said...

I sometimes forget to turn the Iron off and I know this uses lots of energy!

Simone Mcdonald said...

biggest energy sin leaving tvs on when not in room

Honora Livesey said...

Using the tumble dryer when in a rush! :(

Hayley Ann Reeve said...

Leaving the telly on standby

michelle bennett said...

leaving lights on when i walk out of the room

Clare Duiker said...

leaving my printer switched on all night!

Victoria Thurgood said...

I pause the sky for ages and forget to go back

Jacques Pollemis said...

i charge my laptop and my smartphone every day !

Ang Gallant said...

I charge my tablet daily

Helen Grounds said...

I leave my computer on even when I know I won't be back on it for ages. :(

Laura Jayne Bates said...

i leave charges plugged in when not in use

Rishona Taylor said...

I'm terrible at boiling the kettle, forgetting about it and boiling it again! whoops

AgentAllan said...

Forgetting that I have popped the immersion on for a water top up.

soozybee said...

Leaving appliances on when I'm not using them

Matt Wynn said...

Leaving light on when I leave the room

Flo Foxes said...

ohh thats got to be a daily steaming hot bath in an oversized tub :-)))

Boo Roo and Tigger Too said...

Forgetting to switch the heating back to auto when I've popped it to 'on' for a boost

Webster Angela said...

Using my tumble dryer even when it's good enough outside to line dry, very naughty of me.

Jo Booth said...

leaving my computer on because it takes so long to boot up again

Gwyn said...

forgetting to switch lights off when I'm not in a room.

Claire O'Neill said...

Biggest tip is don't use the tumble dryer accept in an emergency!Electrical goods should be switched off-not on stand by.replace light bulbs with energy efficient ones

karenbrady said...

over filling the kettle

Kate Duckmanton said...

Having the heating on too high - I hate feeling even the slightest bit chilly!

Katherine L said...

I sometimes forget to turn the heating timer off if I'm not home :S

sarah Lea said...

Leaving my phone on charge! I should really stop doing this!!

Karen Abbey said...

Leaving the heating on for hours on end

Laura Anne Farnworth said...

I think it's the tumble dryer for me.

shea wong said...

I constantly keep everything plugged in...bad!

Nathan Webb said...

leaving the TV on when I'm not watching it. To make matters worse, it's actually a projection which takes even more energy!

Angela Walton said...

Leaving the light on in the hallway when I'm not walking through it

clairdownham said...

always having more water in kettle than needed

Kate Fever said...

Using the tumble dryer too much!

Ruth Davies said...

Tv on when nobody is watching it!

Sandy Ralph said...

over filling the kettle

Lorraine Stone said...

Heating on, front door open. What is the point?!

diva1977 said...

leaving computer on all day evening if i nip out for an hour

Nicola Terry said...

If im done with my laptop for a while and i know im going to go back on it later ill just flip the lid down rather than turn it off

kenshipway said...

Run my pc 24X7 as it usually works far better than continually switching off and on.

Keri Jones said...

My biggest energy sin was a while ago now (Ive learnt my lesson). I turned the booster on for the hot water and left it on for a whole week. Dont even want to think how much that cost us :/

JudeVFR400 said...

Energy sins - I will sometimes heat the oven up just to cook a bean burger, or similar one portion item. Daft I know!

MyMillsBaby said...

My biggest energy sin is to attempt to curl or straighten my hair in any way. It doesn't work and I end up with poodle-locks.

Kat Glynn said...

My biggest sin is leaving lights on.

Melissa Kelly said...

I have to admit I like to keep the heat on higher than it should be.

Jane Willis said...

I leave far too many things on standby

Rebecca Jane Roberts said...

I never turn my laptop off

helobuff said...

I don''t unplug things, house too small to get to plugs... wish they were higher on the wall... better if you have kids too.

aaginwales said...

Energy sin is....leaving the heating on full in rooms nobody is in!!

Sara said...

The energy sin I committed today was leaving the porch light on the entire day- in broad daylight!

Andrew Halliwell said...

leaving my computer on 24/7 (apart from when I'm away from the house for more than a day)

Robert Price said...

Leaving a lot of things on standby

Kay Lou Smith said...

I'm really bad at cranking the heating up and wearing just trousers and a vest!

cornishgirl said...

Leaving lights on in every room of the house. My husband follows me around turning them off!

Christopher Collyer said...

leaving lights on

Olivia Kirby said...

Not sure, I am a massive tight wad so I follow all the energy saving advice. We are in the house a lot though and I like it warm so have the heating on quite high.

Toni Woodcock said...

Leaving the wifi I plugged in.

Kim Campbell said...

leaving everything on standby

anthonygerrard said...

Leaving the computer on for aaages

Kazz Usher said...

The house looks like an Christmas tree some nights with all the lights on!!!

Jane Middleton said...

leaving my laptop on when I go out of the room.

tambam said...

Leaving the engine running while waiting for someone

Rebecca Nisbet said...

leave laptop, daughters tablet, ipad, and 2 phones charging when I go to bed

Jennifer Rhymer said...

I always use my tumble dryer instead of drying clothes on the clothes airer

Janet Rumley said...

A deep warm bath which then gets topped up !

Laura Corrall said...

Leaving clothes drying on the radiators. It makes the boiler work harder than it needs too. I do this so often.

NaomiB said...

Reboiling the kettle, i get distracted when making a coffee and have to start again :-(

H Bailey said...

Not changing all our downlighters to lower energy or LED bulbs. The person who did our house up put 99 in, all with 50 watt bulbs! We don't generally use the overhead lights because of this but need to use the ones in the bathroom and kitchen quite often. The cost of replacing the bulbs is hideous though.

evilbernie said...

the electric fan heater!

Erica Price said...

Not using solar charger for phone

sue moore said...

Heating the whole house not just the rooms we use

Jacqueline Roberts said...

Leaving the lights on

Rachel Blackburn said...

filling my bath to the top

Saz Palmer said...

leaving things on standby

Jan Taylor said...

Leaving my emmersion heater on too long it costs a fortune :-(

Hayley Todd said...

I must admit, that I find it difficult to sleep without background noise, so always take a fan-heater up to bed (not for the warmth but purely for the noise) and tend to leave it on all night!

Simon L G Hardy said...

Long showers.

chrriss88 said...

I like to heat the whole house (this may stop when my husband retires LOL)

Charlie Edward said...

leaving lights on

Gail Bennett said...

Leaving lights on ... although it's a habit I'm trying to get out of :-)

Happy Homebird said...

Forgetting I've boiled the kettle and then reboiling it.

Gemma Matthews said...

mines the tumbledryer, I've got to admit I use it far too often :-/ its the fluffy towels that do it!

Helen Garner said...

Leaving lights on

Jenni Wren said...

My biggest energy sin is leaving the computer on while I'm watching an hour long program on tv :/