Smart meters alone won't save you money, but according to Smart Energy GB, 86% of people with a smart meter have said they’ve changed how they do things around the house to use less energy.
When your meters are successfully connected to the smart network, your engineer will offer you an In-Home Display (IHD). This is a small screen that tells you how much energy you're using in pounds and pence, and kilowatt hours (kWh). It should also come with a guide that explains how to use it. If you haven't got yours, you can download an IHD user guide here.
Save energy with your In-Home Display
Set a daily, weekly or monthly budget
Use your budget as a handy prompt to keep track of your energy usage, and as a reminder to switch off appliances when you can.
You can set a separate budget for gas and electricity, and if you think you won't spot it when you reach the limit, head to the In-Home Display settings. There you'll be able to set an alarm to 'beep' when your limit is reached.
The budget is for your guidance only. If you reach your limit you won't lose your energy supply.
See how much energy different appliances are using
By seeing which appliances are the most expensive to run, it's easier to understand where and how you can make changes in the future.
To check up on different appliances, find 'Usage Now' on your In-Home DIsplay and make a note of the numbers in pounds and pence, and kW (kilowatts). Some appliances are on all the time, like your fridge/freezer, so straight away you’ll see the cost per hour for keeping your home running.
Next, switch on the appliance you're curious about, and see the cost and kW change. By seeing which appliances are the most expensive to run, it’s easier to understand where you could make changes and save in the future.
See how much energy you’ve used by day, week or month
If you’re making changes to your habits or your home (for example, installing energy saving light bulbs), being able to see your energy usage over different time periods is useful.
Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree
Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree could save up to £80 per year. It’s also easy to experiment, so if you do feel the cold, it’s not too hard to turn the heating up again.
Wash clothes at 30 degrees or less
Save up to £6 a year by washing your clothes at 30 degrees or less. If you have the space and it’s nice outside, drying clothes on the line instead of the tumble dryer can save up to £30 a year.
Replace light bulbs with LEDs
Replacing a 50w halogen bulb with an LED one will save around £90 over the bulb’s lifetime. In a typical home, replacing all your lightbulbs with LEDs will cut your lighting bill by around 69%.
Switch off standby
You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode. Check the instructions for the ones you’re not sure about, but almost all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without affecting their programming.
Heat less water in the kitchen
Washing up in a bowl of warm water instead of under a hot running tap can save up to £25 a year in energy bills. Filling the kettle to boil only the amount of water you need can save around £6 a year.
Insulate sash windows
If you have sash windows, insulating film could save you up to £80 a year. If your sash windows are old, the savings could be as much as £120. Insulating film is available from DIY shops.
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