British Gas Smart Energy Report and Kodak Camera Giveaway

Monday, 6 January 2014

British Gas Smart Energy Report and Kodak Camera Giveaway

You can read about our British Gas Smart Meter installation and how we have found using it here.

Over Christmas, with people staying, we may have gone off the rails a little, but now that the New Year has arrived we have refocused again and are keeping an eye on our energy consumption.

The main changes I have made since having a smart meter installed are:
  • Only heating the room that I am in (rather than the whole house.)
  • Not filling the kettle to the brim when I'm only having one cup of tea (or coffee!)
  • Turning the lights off when we aren't in a room.


We are yet to receive our first Smart Enegry Report. It will look something like this.

Smart Energy Report

You can watch the video telling you more about the Smart Energy reports below, but in essence they provide insights on how you use energy in your house as well as providing you with tips on how to save energy.

I am particularly interested to see how we compare on energy consumption with similar households in our area.




If you are an existing British Gas customer you can register your interest in receiving a free smart meter upgrade. 


British Gas have given me a Kodak easyshare sport camera to giveaway to one of my readers! All you have to do is to complete the rafflecopter below. The only mandatory option is to comment with your best energy saving tip. Please see the terms and conditions - UK entrants only. Good luck!


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Don't forget I also have a giveaway running to win a junior sleeping bag from sleeping bags outlet.


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

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Amelia Kennedy said...

Do not leave electrical appliances on "stand-by"!

maci234 said...

turn your heating down a notch

maci234 said...

boiling the kettle too mich

Claire Smith said...

Swap all your light bulbs for LED ones - save a fortune in electricity!

Karen Cowley said...

dry your clothes on the radiators, make use of them while you are using the heating anyway, also use draught exluders around doors xxx

Tracy K Nixon said...

Dryers uses a MASSIVE amount of electricity so get rid of and use a washing line or horse!

JoBryan said...

Wear a jumper rather than turn on the heating.

Amelia Kennedy said...

My biggest sin is leaving lights on in rooms when they're unoccupied!

Jen Samuel said...

My energy saving tip is turn the heating down a few degrees and do the housework in the style of a west end musical - it certainly warms you up.Recommend doing when no one else is in though..and probably best to shut the curtains which in itself will help keep the heat in!

Lorna Kennedy said...

Only put the heating on when it is really cold, keep an eye on the thermostat, and wear extra jumpers!

Caroline Clarke said...

Turn heating down. Don't have windows when the heating is on! Don't leave the fridge door open. Turn lights off when you're not in the room. Use candles at night?!

jennhaden3 said...

don't use your dryer if you don't need too, as it uses alot of energy. We dry our clothes next to the radiator if it's on, works really well

Holly said...

only put the heating on when u need it, don't leave it on while you're out.

KieranWalsh said...

Never leave anything, IE T.V, on standby, a great saving has been made, to our bills, since my daughter God bless, left home!

Lauren Pilkington said...

Buy a halogen oven It can roast a chicken in 30 minutes. A halogen
oven uses 75% less electricity than a conventional electric oven. When you
combine this lower use of power with the 50% faster cooking time you are
can see a big reduction in your electricity bill.

Andy said...

switch to led lights massive savings and no long charge times on switch on

Katie Evans said...

Turn the thermostat down on your water :)

Audrey Jestin said...

use a blanket if you are cold, if you are still cold, turn on the heating

Mary Chez said...

Turn the heating down a little

Yolanda Davis said...

if its just me at home i turn the heating off and use a blanket.

Sarah Parkin said...

Turn off the lights when you leave a room

rod said...

Use a flask,great for the older generation,saves on energy,and gives you a hot drink in the comfort of your bedroom.

IP Lady said...

Turn off all lights and switch things off when you are the last person to leave a room!

Stuart Harper said...

Don't forget to turn off your electric blanket when you get up.

Jan Gourd said...

use a remoska for cooking (similar to halogen oven)

Lola said...

Wear warm clothes and get draft excluders

rosie154 said...

Always wear warm clothes indoors.

Rachie Littleme said...

Close the curtains as soon as it starts to get dark outside (including door curtains if you have them).

Diane Radford said...

Use a mini water bottle of water in your loo tank, the flush will use less water,.

soggykipper said...

Just heat the main room you spend most time in. Insulate any areas of the room that heat can escape from (close curtains, draft excluders on door bottoms)...make sure the doors are opened and closed quickly to avoid heat loss!

Emma Nixon said...

Wear warm clothes indoors. Then you can turn the heating down a notch

Aj said...

Always wear plenty of clothes so you don't turn up your heating! Sleep with two duvets (really snug!) and have a blanket in your sitting room/kitchen for when your watching TV.

Jessica Wilde said...

Put jumpers on, instead of turning on the heating. Hot water bottles are also a good alternative.

Denise said...

Only boil the water you need in the kettle

Katie Wilson said...

When cooking, bulk cook. It saves the energy of the oven being heated up, and your freezer uses less energy when that's full of meals too. Turn the oven off early when cooking, as the oven will hold the heat, and then leave the door open when you're finished with the oven heat will warm the kitchen so hopefully you could turn thermostat down too.

Jane Willis said...

Don't leave chargers plugged in when they're not in use, some of them use almost as much energy as when they are chargning

laura stewart said...

Only use what you need

Katherine L said...

Use timers on heating and leave the door open on the oven after you've used it to get a bit of extra heat!

Cheryl Edwards said...

Turn the thermostat down one notch

nicola stott said...

put small brick in toilet cistern...uses less water when flushing

Michael Griffin said...

put an extra layer of clothing on instead of turning up the heating

christineshelley said...

Put your washing on the line (yes even in the winter, it will dry most of the time)

Dawn Adams said...

Use a Slow Cooker, will also save you cost on Meat as you will get away with cheaper cuts.

Molewrench said...

Use low energy LED bulbs they are more efficient than normal energy saving oned

ashleigh allan said...

Mine it to avoid leaving things on standby!

Rebecca Phillips said...

turning off everything at the plug when going to bed and not leaving them on standby!

Chris said...

Use the convection oven option on your microwave when cooking small amounts of food. It save s heating the main oven and you can control the heat and time accurately. I also put the food in as it is warming up to use every bit of heat.

Clare F Wood said...

turning off sockets when not used

Martina Pichova said...

only boil enough water in the kettle that you will use straight away and when you buy new electric stuff buy an energy efficient one

karen hutchinson said...

turn lights off- I always forget

kim neville said...

don't leave anything on standby

Emma Falvi said...

never leave your moblie charger plugged in

Katie Skeoch said...

Shut the doors in your house - keep the heat in

Paul Vellins said...

dont leave electrics on standby

haxell said...

Pull your curtains before dusk to avoid losing heat as the outside temperature drops.


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Rosalind Sargent said...

Do not fill the kettle up only use the amount you need

Kate Aspinall McGlynn said...

foil behind the radiators

Michelle Dootson said...

turn off lights

Meryl Rees said...

Use draught excluders if your doors and windows don't seal properly

Katharine Bourne-Francis said...

Turn off lights when not in room and use lamps instead of main lights where possible

sandra rubery said...

Use a energy saving monitor, It really makes you think!

Jezzamk said...

Keep the freezer full as it will use less energy. Also keep the dorr to the fridge & freezer shut ie Don't leave it open while pouring milk etc as you will be putting it back in a minute. The cold is escaping all the time the door is open meaning it will use more power.

David Vessey said...

Only fill the kettle with as much water as you actually need.

Victoria said...

turn off lights when they're not necessary ;)

Margaret Dunlop said...

instead of turning the heat up of a night use a good old fashioned hot water bottle in bed x

emma walters said...

make sure your loft is well insulated, saves loads on heating bills

Robwhufc said...

Only fill the kettle with as much water as you actually need.

Kevin Eley said...

Wear a good thick jumper in the house and don't have the heating on so high.

greig spencer said...

dont leave tap running while brushing your teeth

anthony harrington said...

only fill the kettle with as much water as you need, we have been doing this as we gave the kettle on all the time.

Beky Austerberry said...

Make sure that you switch all appliances off on the wall not just leave them on standby

Ane said...

Turn of all the appliances before you go to sleep

Hannah said...

Switch all the lights off :)

Izzy Buratta said...

Carsharing with colleagues to work! We all take it in turns to drive and it works out perfectly.

carohoop1 said...

turn the heating down by just 1 degree - makes a big difference

Lucy Bishop said...

my hubby has put kitchen foil behind all our radiators to reflect the heat back into the room x

Juliette said...

Use energy saving light bulbs - they are brighter and last longer

Kim Carberry said...

Put an extra layer of clothes on instead of putting the heating on :)

Louise Asekokhai said...

Loads of insulation in the loft

JudeVFR400 said...

Wear extra layers and have a blanket for when sitting on the sofa rather than have the heating on for longer.

alison johnson said...

turn lights off when leaving room

laura banks said...

never leave things on standby

kathycakebread said...

don't leave things on stand by

Allie Campbell said...

Insulation of your loft and walls now will save on energy bills in the future.

Sam Dennis said...

To close the doors to toeep the heat in.

clairdownham said...

close all curtain at dusk

sarah diane rees said...

turn switches off when not in use

Jen Everdecreasingcircles Engl said...

Put on an extra layer of clothing and turn down the heating a couple of degrees.

Paul Scotland said...

Make sure all appliances which are not in use to be turned off by the mains - this does truly save

Julie H said...

Don't leave items on standby

Cat Culmer said...

Turn things off at the mains

Alice Beaumont said...

Chuck a jumper on rather than turning the heating up

sian hallewell said...

Only boil the water you need in the kettle, most people put far too much in.

Cat Whittall said...

Turn everything off at the wall

Hannah oneill said...

Turn off the lights

Lynn Mitchell said...

this is great

Rob Baker said...

Spin dry clothes before putting them in tumble dryer and keep that lint filter lint-free!

Fiona said...

Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use

Marck Curry said...

Turn the lights off

Paul Wilson said...

Compare the energy usage of products before you buy.

Julie Davies said...

Always turn lights off when not using a room

Rebecca said...

Don't leave items on standby

Claire Eadie said...

Turn things off at the wall x

sunshine said...

Turn off the lights

Emma H said...

Turn items off at the plug and don't leave them on standby

Leanne V Mckenna said...

leave heating on a low constant setting in the winter, rather than turning it up high then low again.

jenniwren12 said...

don't leave electrical items on standby

KevinHoney said...

Turn you shower down a fraction. You'll save a bit because of the temperature, but also you'll be encouraged to get out quicker!

David Sweet said...

Forget items on standby and focus on the the high energy equipment like turning down the heating

jojones said...

peg washing outside and do not use a tumble dryer

Justine Meyer said...

Put extra clothes on rather than putting the heating on.

michele omalley said...

Turn off and unplug appliences when not in use

Skellbird said...

turn the lights off when you leave the room

Jo Glasspool said...

Leave your boiler on constant and adjust the temp as needed, turn down low when not in.

Victoria_CosmeticCravings said...

Turn the heating down by one degree and make sure all windows and doors are draft-proofed

Claire Woods said...

Turn PC's off, rather than leaving them on standby.

angela sandhu said...

turn the heating down a bit

Deborah Torr said...

Turn off lights as you leave the room

Sharna said...

Only heat the rooms that will actually be used rather than turn the heating on everywhere.

anneka hulse said...

Turn the TV set off instead of leaving on standby

emma said...

Dont put large items of furniture in front of radiators as the furniture takes the heat instead of putting it into the room. Also have thick curtains and close them after sun goes to keep hint inside

Sara said...

Unplugging electrical appliances after use.

Amanda Mallows said...

Pop on an extra jumper and thick pair of socks rather than turning up the heating

Valerie McCarthy said...

Unplugging electrical appliances after use

kevin dingwall said...

turn of tv at the wall

Kiran Parry said...

Don't have anything on stand by. Turn off switches when not being used.

Kevin Cozens said...

use timers on electrical appliances

Natalie Lee said...

I usually have a cold and fast shower to save on bills :D

Ann Chapman said...

Use energy saving light bulbs.

Zoe Roxby said...

have the heating on timed, unplug electrical items that are not being used turn off phone chargers thats are not being used, limit TV time and spend some time playing board games cards or reading, wear a dressing gown and socks with your pjs to keep you warm and use the age old mans brilliant invention of hot water bottles to heat up your bed, use the radiators and/or clothes airer to dry clothes instead of using the dryer

twannywun said...

Not leaving things on standby and chargers plugged in

Emad said...

Don't just switch off, unplug. Have heating on a constant super low setting, rather that on and off. Dont' fill up the kettle.

Beverley said...

When you do a wardrobe sort out, you often find you have a collection of jumpers and towels that are too raggy for the charity shop. Unscrew the side of the bath, back them around the bathtub and screw the side back on.

It acts as insulation for the bathtub and keeps your water lovely and hot. You don't need to top up the water - which saves energy - and so you feel a little less guilty about having the occasional soak! Just make sure you check them periodically to make sure there are no leaks.

Monika said...

If you have a pond in a garden, turn the filter off for a night - it's real energy eater!

Stacey Carnell said...

Only put the amount of water in the kettle that you intend to use - save water and energy!

Jayne Townson said...

Share a bath or shower with your OH.

Helen S said...

Installing loft insulation is my top energy saving tip; it's surprising how much heat you lose through your roof.

Kate Kathurima said...

turning lights off

Caroline H said...

I always switch my oven off about 5-10 mins before food is ready to come out. The oven doesn't cool down very quickly, food is still cooking and I can save energy every time I use it.

Zoe Goulding said...

Turn the oven off earlier than you normally would as it will still cook for a while longer

Caroline Blaza said...

Make sure nothing is left on standby. Switch everything off at the sockets.

Kelli Flanagan said...

Turn heating down by 1°C.

melanie stirling said...

Don't leave anything on standby,turn everything off properly.

Tarnished said...

The good old fashioned draft excluder, the double ones in particular as they allow you to open the door and give better protection against cold.

Sofia Smol said...

i dont leave the electrical machine standby

Nancy Townsend said...

Don't put the heating on unless you really NEED it.

tabbaz said...

I use a thermal slow cooker - saves a fortune :)

angiehoggett said...

leaving the heating on very low so the house doesn't get freezing, then you don't have to whack the heating up full letting it get too warm

Michaela Turner said...

Turn off radiators in the rooms you dont use much

jane Graham said...

when you boil a kettle, boil a full kettle and then fill a thermos flask - the kettle will not need to be boiled again.

maureen findley said...

use an electric blanket instead of heating the whole bedroom

Ruth Harwood said...

Wear more layers and turn down the heat

Isabel O'Brien said...

Wash everything on a cold water wash, it comes out just as clean!

Sandra Clarke said...

When showering turn off the shower in between soaping and the final rinse. Not only saves energy but water too.

katrina day-reilly said...

Always use a full load in a washing machine

Webster Angela said...

Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle

Rebecca U said...

Leave the oven door open when you've finished using it to let the heat out

Katrina Adams said...

Turn things off at the plug when you are done using them.

Scott Fallon said...

Turn off lights

Hilda Hazel Wright said...

We do loads of energy saving as our budget is tight! We heat the room we're in and wear extra jumpers rather than having the heating on constantly. My wardrobe is full of huge jumpers!

Helen Sandra Hunt said...

Turn lighting off when not in use

Vicki G said...

Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need

sbroadley said...

I only keep lights on where needed and keep a bottle of tap water next to the kettle so it's only ever filled to minimum

Sophie Louise Buckle said...

Put on an extra layer before turning up the heating

Matt Tye said...

turn the heating off for a couple of hours and put a bigger jumper on

Deb Alexander said...

Turn the thermostat down a couple of degree, you will barely notice but will save energy. Also make sure you turn radiators off in any rooms you don't use. Turn lights off as you leave a room. use only the amount of water you need in the kettle.

Suzanne Cooke said...

Let Laptops run from battery when able, they use almost as much power as a PC when plugged in all the time.

Liz Ferguson said...

Switch lights off in unused rooms

Polly said...

Make sure that you only do washing when there is enough for a full load, and I only use the dishwasher at weekends!

Sarah VM said...

If you have a wood stove or fireplace, use it! It saves us so much on our heating bill each year.

Fiona said...

Live in a flat above people who feel the cold - haven't put the heating on all year!

AliThorpe said...

Try layering up rather than turning the heating up.

Sam Jane Aldworth said...

take a hot water bottle to bed

Miriam Said said...

Wear thermal underwear and socks under your clothes and you can quite easily turn the thermostat down or even off if you snuggle under a fleece throw as well, which could save you a lot of money on your bills throughout the year.

Mas Rhapsody said...

Use a thick ton duvet! No need for heating.
No extra washing.
No excess water running while using kettle, brushing teeth etc.

Louise Nicole Hutchings said...

Turn the thermostat down a couple of degree and where an extra layer

Diana Cotter said...

I'm going to invest in little brushes that you install under the door handle to stop the draught whistling through the keyhole.

Tammy Tudor said...

keep warm. blankets, more clothes in order to save on heating

missielizzie said...

Thanks for this! we're with BG so I'll look into the smart meters. My tip is a hot water bottle! In bed or just on the sofa watching the telly, saves turning the heating up.

Nikki Hayes said...

Put a jumper on before turning the heating on - if you want to sit around in t-shirts in winter then expect big bills ;o)

chris2468 said...

only fill the kettle with enough water for what you need

caroline tokes said...

only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need

Emma Ellams said...

Turn the light off when not in the room and if it's not needed, extra layers instead of turning the heating up and use energy saving lightbulbs :)

jodiekins22 said...

Invest in extra duvets and hot water bottles to save on heating at night And don't forget to let the man of the house get up first in the morning to turn it back on :)

Kate O'Neill said...

Unplug things at the wall

DollyLaBoo said...

jumpers or cardies on if you feel the cold - heating on only if still cold (most of the time in this house nobody is still cold!)

Alix Smith said...

turn off radiators in rooms that aren't used often

Kim Campbell said...

Do not leave things on standby

mamatoone said...

I have changed all of my bulbs to low energy ones.

Jason Henson said...

Don't leave things on standby

Rachel said...

put on a jumper rather than turing the heating up

Jim Dempsey said...

Turn the lights off when you aren't in the room.

Lowri Tegan Earith said...

i taught my daughter that running round turning all the lights off is a great game :)

Cath Parkin said...

Turn heating down by 1 degree, you won't notice

Patricia Edwards said...

I light up my log fire, looks great as well

Vanessa Crowley said...

having ocd (checkers) im always turning things off when i finish with them. saves loads

Gillian Holmes said...

Turn the lights off when you aren't in the room but only if you are not coming back shortly, otherwise it won't be saving.

Kaylie Goldup said...

Of an evening I watch TV upstairs so I can get under the duvet which means I don't have to put the heating on very much!

Jane Lambert said...

I always open the oven door once dinner has finished cooking, to let the heat escape into the house. It might not do a lot, but it's wasted if the oven just cools down without helping to heat the house just a little!

Darius D. said...

invest in making your home more energy-efficient, insulate walls and loft.

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