British Gas Smart Meter Month Two

We’ve had our smart meter in for a few months now, and have been completing a few challenges with Mumsnet. If you read our first introduction to our smart meter, then you may be interested in some of our findings if you’re looking for ways to reduce your own energy consumption.

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This month we have been asked to find out when we use the most energy. For us this definitely happens between the hours of  5-9pm. It seems to be the time most of us are at home at the same time, dinner is cooking, the TV / laptops are on, showers and baths are being taken, and the lights are on in the rooms we are using.

This seems to be the time when the light will glow red on our meter.

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Is there a way we could change the times we did our regular routine habits, and work out if this would change our consumption in any way.

I asked hubby to take his shower later at night to see if it changed any consumption in electricity. There is usually plenty of hot water left in the tank from the heating being on for a burst in the evening.
I asked 18yo to take shorter showers as she seems to be able to spend ages in the shower, to the point where I want to knock on the door and ask if she is OK in there sometimes.

I do think 18yo is finding it the most difficult to change her routines to suit us. She is trying, and it’s a little easier to teach 6yo to turn lights off when she leaves her room for example. Although that still hasn’t completely sunk in.

I am learning to make maximum use of the oven if it’s on for dinner, then I’ll do the baking from a hot oven rather than wait an hour until it’s cold and turn the oven on again.

Having the smart meter in the house is now part of the furniture, but I do look at the usage we are all consuming, and it’s interesting to see how the monetary usage especially compares to the same time last week or month. The tarif took a long time to update on our meter, but now it has it’s a lot more interesting to look at.

What was nice this month was the monthly direct debit was a lot less than it was prior to being on this tarif. I appreciate that we haven’t experienced truly cold weather yet this winter, but to save on a month has really helped.

So far I do think it’s a good idea to be more aware of your energy consumption.

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10 Comments

  1. November 16, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    I think this is such a great idea. I would love one of these to see how much we use and when!

    • May 26, 2015 / 6:22 am

      It really is! Smart meter is the metering solution that household owners must try. Integrated with intelligent and automatic technology, it really helps cutting down the energy billing rate.

  2. November 17, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    I think mine would be glowing red constantly! I know what you mean about the teenagers too – mine drive me mad. They’re in their half an hour a time, so the bathroom is out of use for a couple of hours…tsk

  3. November 17, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    this is my husband favourite hobby! he love to check! lol

  4. November 17, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    this is my husband fav hobby! he love to read his meter! it is a great gadget!

  5. LauraCYMFT
    November 17, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    This looks like quite a handy piece of eqiupment to have. I’m quite good for turning lights off when we’re not in rooms etc I think most of the energy in our house goes on the computer and charging our smart phone :/

  6. November 17, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    interesting idea!

  7. November 18, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    Will be really interesting to follow the journey over the next few months and see how you get on.

  8. December 4, 2013 / 10:21 am

    I can’t get over how different your smart meter is to ours.
    We have definitely saved money since having it installed and I saw it creeping towards the red line last night as I think I had almost every appliance on. After searching the house it appears the teens had chargers plugged in for phones / games, lights on, TV blaring – soon put a stop to that!

    • spicers1976
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      December 6, 2013 / 12:21 pm

      I guess there are so many different makes and models out there

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