British Gas smart meters

With winter being the one time of the year everyone feels the pinch when it comes to their utilities bills you’ll be pleased to hear of the goverments plan to bring in smart meters. By the year 2019 the goverment wants all homes to have smart meters installed and they come with some great benefits.

The British Gas smart meters come with an easy to read screen which shows you what usage is currently being used at real time shown in pounds & pence, kWh/CO2 and can be tracked overtime. This enables you to track what time of the day is your highest usage enabling you to make changes to how you live to cut your usage and in turn your bill.

Another feature, this one is my favourite! It automatically once a day relays your actual usage to British Gas, bringing to the end the estimated bills that affect so many familes. Its these estimated bills that contribute to the payment amounts that people pay so if your estimate is way over your bill you could end up paying more per month for a bill thats not even outstanding!

As part of British Gas’ on-going commitment to customers and our vision for a Smart Energy Future, they commissioned Oxford Economics to investigate the value of smart metering to Britain and the results were extremely positive. British homes and businesses could be nearly £14 billion better off thanks to the roll out of smart meters – this is according to the most comprehensive smart meter report to date, which is published today by British Gas and Oxford Economics.

The report analyses the costs and benefits of smart meters from 2012 to 2030 and finds that, whilst the national roll out will cost £11.5 billion, the benefits of smart meters could total £25.3 billion – a gain for the country of nearly £14 billion .

Saving homes and businesses over £14 billion is just and extrodinary amount. However is this just another ploy where in fact we wont notice the difference and will still be complaining about our bills in years to come.

I do however think that the smart feature of automatically sending your usage to the company has got to be a good thing for the vunerable. We could however be accused of being in “Big Brother” with our usage now monitered. What do you think? Is it a good move or would you have doubts about having it installed? If you would like to be one of the first to get it done you can pop over to British Gas and register your interest.

Also make sure you pop over and follow all the latest updates with British Gas on whats going on with the smart meters. This can be done here on their site, Facebook and Twitter.

For your chance to see how easy the smart meters are just take a look at this short video.

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Not sure about you but as a gadget geek I think its a pretty sleek but user friendly gadget!

So what do you think? Are we heading in the right direction with our future energy consumption control? Would love your thoughts!

 

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