Take control of your energy usage with a smart meter, new generation of gas and electricity meters. Smart meters record how much electricity or gas you use – just like your existing meters. But with a smart meter, you can also see how much energy you’re using, on an in-home display (IHD).
Getting a smart meter and IHD could give you the edge when it comes to managing your energy usage. Here are some tips for helping you find a winning formula.
Getting a smart meter and IHD installed will mean you can see how small changes can make a big difference. We’ve put together a list of activities you can try out at home to reduce your energy waste and see the difference for yourself.
Do full laundry loads
A full load is much more efficient than a half load, so it is better to do fewer but fuller washes. Why not take one for the team and offer to wash your family’s or housemate’s clothes too.
Switch to LED bulbs
Whether you’re lighting your washroom or Wembley stadium, traditional bulbs are extremely inefficient. Modern LED bulbs are the opposite, and also last longer so are less wasteful too.
Use the eco setting
If you have a dishwasher or washing machine with an eco-setting, make sure it is switched on. It will use less energy and give you the same results, if only winning the league was as easy!
Only boil the water you need
Your kitchen appliances may be using more energy than you think - filling the kettle only with the amount of water that you need could reduce how much energy you use.
And it’ll help the kettle boil faster too – giving you more time to enjoy the match.
Turn appliances off at the wall
Switching appliances off at the plug saves energy, so take the chance to stretch your legs and make sure you turn that TV off after the game.
But, don’t forget, to see how these activities impact how much energy you're using daily, weekly and monthly, you’ll need to have a smart meter and IHD installed.
Some homes can’t get a smart meter yet. Your energy supplier can tell you if you can have one and how soon it can be installed.