We were one of the first to get a Smart Meter in the home and have had a it since 2013.
The smart meter upgrade is a programme set out by the UK Government as a way of helping consumers gain more control over their energy use and spending. It also aims to help meet environmental targets and security of energy supply in the future.
The programme will see smart meters installed in all homes and businesses in Britain by 2020 and represents the biggest energy revolution since the 1970s, when the entire country switched from coal to natural gas central heating.
Having a smart meter was initially quite a learning curve and with the Smart Energy Monitor sitting in our lounge showing the amount of energy we were using, it was obvious that we needed to cut down.
Of all the energy we used it was soon obvious where most of ours was being used………our kitchen appliances.
Did you know that the difference in running costs between old and new appliances can be significant and the Energy Saving Trust gives great tips on performing your own ‘energy audit’ to see just how well your appliances are performing. Don’t worry if yours are performing poorly and a new appliance is out of your reach at the moment, they also have a fab competition to win an A+++ rated Whirlpool Washing Machine, and make sure you follow the Energy Saving Trust on facebook for more money saving tips and exciting competitions.
We had our kitchen replaced in 2010 so most of our appliances were new, with the exception of our boiler, washing machine and tumble dryer. I set my smart energy monitor on a challenging setting to help us cut down on our energy usage and without fail it was, and still is, our tumble dryer that always sets of our energy alarm.
Since having the smart meter installed we have replaced the boiler, got a new Beko Range Cooker with an “A” energy rating and a new LG Truesteam washing machine which has an impressive A+++ energy rating which has really helped cut down our energy usage. I have also tried to cut down on the use of our tumble drier too, but that is a real challenge especially in the winter months.
Boiling the kettle is also another energy drainer and we also have a kettle which boils water one cup at a time.
Make sure you are following the Energy Saving Trust on facebook for more money saving tips and exciting competitions.