Smart Meters Around The World

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:

  1. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Louise Fairweather14 December 2013 at 19:24

    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

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

    ReplyDelete
  4. Louise Fairweather15 December 2013 at 07:20

    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.

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  8. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Switch most things off & remove plug when not being used

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

    ReplyDelete
  11. Jacqueline Roberts17 December 2013 at 04:37

    Don't have gas in our village :(

    ReplyDelete
  12. We do not have any gas where we live

    ReplyDelete
  13. Mellissa Williams17 December 2013 at 10:54

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

    ReplyDelete
  14. Louise Fairweather17 December 2013 at 12:53

    Yes this is something I need to teach my kids

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

    ReplyDelete
  16. Julie Jingle Baxter17 December 2013 at 20:29

    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

    ReplyDelete
  17. 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)

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  20. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  22. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Leaving the computer on 24/7

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

    ReplyDelete
  25. having the heating on too much

    ReplyDelete
  26. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  27. 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

    ReplyDelete
  28. Rosalind Sargent6 January 2014 at 17:19

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

    ReplyDelete
  29. Katharine Bourne-Francis6 January 2014 at 17:39

    Leaving the TV on standby

    ReplyDelete
  30. Leaving doors open

    ReplyDelete
  31. I probably resort to putting the central heating on unnecessarily.

    ReplyDelete
  32. anthony harrington6 January 2014 at 18:17

    having too many showers on full power

    ReplyDelete
  33. Leaving window open

    ReplyDelete
  34. I leave too many things on Standby!

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

    ReplyDelete
  36. I have a PC that runs 24/7.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Leanne V Mckenna6 January 2014 at 20:18

    leaving things on standby all the time

    ReplyDelete
  38. Leaving the lights on all night

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

    ReplyDelete
  40. Leaving the lights on around the house

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  43. 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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  45. Helen Sandra Hunt7 January 2014 at 11:09

    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

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

    ReplyDelete
  47. Louise Nicole Hutchings7 January 2014 at 17:12

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  49. leaving the heating on over night

    ReplyDelete
  50. Leaving my lights on

    ReplyDelete
  51. Lowri Tegan Earith8 January 2014 at 00:16

    keeping my laptop plugged in all the time!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Boiling too much water for a cup of tea!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Using the tumble drier makes me feel guilty.

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

    ReplyDelete
  55. Jacqueline Oliver9 January 2014 at 13:04

    Leaving the TV on even though no one is watching it

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

    ReplyDelete
  57. 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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  59. biggest energy sin leaving tvs on when not in room

    ReplyDelete
  60. Using the tumble dryer when in a rush! :(

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hayley Ann Reeve11 January 2014 at 17:42

    Leaving the telly on standby

    ReplyDelete
  62. michelle bennett11 January 2014 at 23:57

    leaving lights on when i walk out of the room

    ReplyDelete
  63. leaving my printer switched on all night!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Victoria Thurgood12 January 2014 at 20:01

    I pause the sky for ages and forget to go back

    ReplyDelete
  65. Jacques Pollemis14 January 2014 at 00:18

    i charge my laptop and my smartphone every day !

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

    ReplyDelete
  67. Laura Jayne Bates15 January 2014 at 20:35

    i leave charges plugged in when not in use

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  70. Leaving appliances on when I'm not using them

    ReplyDelete
  71. Leaving light on when I leave the room

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

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

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  77. 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

    ReplyDelete
  78. over filling the kettle

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  82. Leaving the heating on for hours on end

    ReplyDelete
  83. Laura Anne Farnworth23 January 2014 at 22:53

    I think it's the tumble dryer for me.

    ReplyDelete
  84. I constantly keep everything plugged in...bad!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  87. always having more water in kettle than needed

    ReplyDelete
  88. Using the tumble dryer too much!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Tv on when nobody is watching it!

    ReplyDelete
  90. over filling the kettle

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  93. 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

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

    ReplyDelete
  95. 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 :/

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

    ReplyDelete
  97. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  98. My biggest sin is leaving lights on.

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

    ReplyDelete
  100. I leave far too many things on standby

    ReplyDelete
  101. Rebecca Jane Roberts2 February 2014 at 09:33

    I never turn my laptop off

    ReplyDelete
  102. 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.

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  105. Andrew Halliwell2 February 2014 at 13:01

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

    ReplyDelete
  106. Leaving a lot of things on standby

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  109. Christopher Collyer2 February 2014 at 16:53

    leaving lights on

    ReplyDelete
  110. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  111. Leaving the wifi I plugged in.

    ReplyDelete
  112. leaving everything on standby

    ReplyDelete
  113. Leaving the computer on for aaages

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  116. Leaving the engine running while waiting for someone

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  119. A deep warm bath which then gets topped up !

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  122. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  123. the electric fan heater!

    ReplyDelete
  124. Not using solar charger for phone

    ReplyDelete
  125. Heating the whole house not just the rooms we use

    ReplyDelete
  126. Jacqueline Roberts3 February 2014 at 10:58

    Leaving the lights on

    ReplyDelete
  127. Rachel Blackburn3 February 2014 at 10:59

    filling my bath to the top

    ReplyDelete
  128. leaving things on standby

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

    ReplyDelete
  130. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  131. Long showers.

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

    ReplyDelete
  133. leaving lights on

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  137. Leaving lights on

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

    ReplyDelete