326/366 Smart Meter

Yesterday we had our electricity and gas meters updated by British Gas. The technology in them means the meter readings will be sent to them direct via a sim card in the back of the meter.

This technology also provides the householder with information about their Electricity and Gas usage via a ‘Smart Meter’ machine. It glows green when you are not using too much but switch on a few lights, a kettle,  microwave or a major appliance and the green light moves to amber. Put even more on and it will move to a red light.

Smart Meter

When it was installed it told us that we were spending 8p an hour for electric. Not bad as we had the following switched on:

  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • TV / Sky / Surround Sound System
  • Laptop
  • Router
  • Central Heating controls (pump etc)

We’ve had a similar usage meter before and we took little notice of it. We’ll keep this one on – for now- it may make us think more about turning things on and leaving lights on when not in the room.

I have not been approached by British Gas to write this post. It is my own opinion written to keep up with  #Project366 and because I was impressed with the technology.
Check out my other Project 366 pictures so far.

If you’d like to read more about the project please click on the 366 badge over there on the right.

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