This blog marks three months into my advocacy for the British Gas Smart Meters campaign, and – wonderfully – the focus has now switched from just the United Kingdom to (insert booming Hollywood voice) the wooooorldddddd. With ‘smart meter’ initiatives underway around the world, conservative forecasts now estimate that between 90 and 130 million meters will be installed worldwide every year until 2022. Italy is actually leading the way in this respect, with more than 94% of Italian households now owning smart meters (that totals up to an incredible 37 million households).
The global scale of the smart meter revolution has, obviously, instigated some great changes in the UK, as well. Customer-Led Network Revolution Northern Powergrid is now implementing a Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) programme to trial a number of smart grid solutions and energy efficient technologies (such as solar PV panels, heat pumps, electric vehicles and the installation of 14,000 smart meters) in the North East and Yorkshire. As well as trialling ‘time-of-use’ tariffs to encourage the use of electricity during off peak periods, the programme will also deploy new technology on the electricity network and implement commercial solutions such as tariffs and different pricing structures.
At this point, it is more than obvious for anyone to see how important the smart meters rollout is in the development of the future home. As you can see in the above infographic, 60% of our energy bills are currently dominated by heating and the lack of control means we often end up wasting money. Not only that, but even leaving our gadgets on standby or charging too long (guilty! guilty!) creates an energy deficit – a whopping £740million waste across the UK! At the end of the day, it is all about awareness; being involved in this campaign has encouraged me to change my energy habits for the better.
The Smart Meters ethos just gets it. With the information at your fingertips, it is all about making smarter and smarter choices. Every little helps, after all.
As I recently started to work with British Gas as an advocate for their Smart Meters campaign, I have surprised myself by becoming a massive have-to-tell-everyone kinda fangirl. The smart meter, my friends, is the biggest energy revolution since the 70s and a pretty spectacular thing for our environment.
While the monitor itself can be placed anywhere in the home, it gives readings of your gas and electricity in pounds and pence and even offers clever insights into your consumption, helping everyone become more and more energy efficient (and helping you save money!) With free upgrades for existing customers, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be registering your interest.
In celebration of the gadgety goodness that is the Smart Meter, I have collaborated with British Gas to give one reader the chance to win a Kodak EasyShare Sport C123!
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