How energy smart are you?

January 25, 2018

Are you energy smart? Do you have good energy habits? These top tips will help you save energy and reduce your bills.

These days the cost of living is going up. Energy costs are rising and bills are getting more expensive. Winter is coming.  Keeping your home warm during the cold months means higher bills. Being energy smart can help you save money.

It is so easy to waste energy without realising it. How often have you left a room and left the light on? Do you leave the television running in an empty room? Simply turning these off can help save pennies. As my mum always says “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.”

Monitor your energy use with smart meters

The British government are currently encouraging people to change their gas and electricity meters to smart meters. These meters keep track of your energy use and send a reading to your energy company regularly via the mobile phone network. They also come with a smart energy monitor so you can see exactly how much energy you are using. When you boil a kettle you can see exactly how much it costs. It can help you understand how much energy you are using.

These meters allow you to keep track of how much energy you are using everyday. This ensures you are not hit with a massive unexpected bill at the end of the month. Smart meters also stop the problem with estimated bills. You no longer have to wait for a meter reader to get the correct bill. British Gas is leading the way and is offering smart meters to all customers by 2020. It is simpler than ever to keep track of your energy spending.

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Energy saving tips to help you be energy smart

I recently got a smart meter and I love it. It is great to be able to see exactly how much energy I am using. It is also useful for helping to identify where I can save energy. My son has a terrible habit of leaving the television on when he is not using it. I am trying to educate him to turn it off and save us money. Showing him the smart meter monitor that comes free with the meters shows him that it puts more money on the bill.

The smart energy monitor is also helpful in identifying where I can save money. When I turn on an appliance I can see exactly how much energy it uses. I can easily find out what uses the most energy and where I could save.

I have put together a list of energy saving tips to help you be energy smart. If you have any other tips do let me know below.

Save money on heating

Heating and hot water add a large amount to your fuel bills. When it is cold it is tempting to have the heating on full blast. Following a few simple steps can help you reduce your fuel bills.

Read more: Update your home with a throw


Get efficient in the kitchen

Save energy when doing the laundry

Washing on the line

General energy saving

Read more: LED light bulbs

Do you have a smart meter? Do you find it easier to manage your bills with it? Let me know below.

This post is in conjunction with British Gas® but all thoughts are my own.

3 responses to “How energy smart are you?”

  1. We’ve been meaning to get a smart meter installed for ages but have not got around to it yet! This has given me a push to make that appointment thanks.

  2. James says:

    Great list!
    LED’s are great, very rarely need to replace them. No more ‘light bulb conspiracy’!
    Energy star products can also help reduce costs a little too!

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