Do smart meters save you money?

  • Smart meters can help you to see where you could save energy
  • Less energy means lower bills
  • From eco modes to boycotting the TV: 8 easy tips to save energy

By 2020, all homes in Great Britain will have been offered smart meters. This Government initiative will give millions of households the chance to take control of their energy use, and potentially save money along the way. Best of all, smart meters are installed for free.


Along with your smart meters, you’ll also receive a free smart energy monitor that shows you the energy you’re using in pounds and pence. The smart energy monitor helps to identify the activities you’re spending the most on, so you can make simple changes to help save energy and pay less on your bills. From now on, your bills will also be accurate, as smart meters send British Gas your meter readings automatically – so no more estimations.


Energy savings with smart meters

Dual Fuel British Gas customers are saving around £32* a year on their energy bills since the installation of their smart meters. By using energy-saving apps customers will gain more visibility of their energy accounts, helping them to save more in the future. British Gas’ Hive Active Heating Kit and other smart products, could make achieving an energy efficient home easier. There are other simple changes you can make around your house, so read on for some energy-saving tips….


Energy-saving ideas

So, how can you reduce your energy bills? Here are a few things you can do to start saving energy at home. 


How many cups of tea are you making?

Popping the kettle on could cost more than you think. It’s simple maths: more water means longer boil time, means more energy used. Plus, this adds up over the course of the day. If you only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need, you will save around £7 a year. So, the next time you make your cuppa, ask yourself this: do you need a full kettle for one or two cups of tea or coffee? 

Tea kettle – smart meter energy savings


Turn off your red lights

The average household spends around £30 a year on powering appliances left on standby mode. If you’re not using the TV or games console, turn it off at the plug.

Standby mode – smart meter energy savings


Load up the washing machine

Simple but effective – get the most out of the energy used by your washing machine, by filling it up with a full load. That way you’ll need fewer washes (and less energy) to get through any dirty laundry. If you cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week, you could save £5 a year on energy.

Laundry – smart meter energy savings


Dry your washing outside

Tumble dryers can be costly to run. But if you can, and if the weather is good, why not air dry your washing outside on a line or clothes horse? This will help save you money throughout the year.

Drying clothes – smart meter energy savings


The magical ECO button

Most new appliances nowadays – whether it’s your TV, washing machine or dishwasher –come with an ‘ECO’ mode. But how many of us actually use it? If you’ve never tried this energy efficient setting, maybe it’s time you give it a go. Who knows? You might even shave a few quid off your energy bill!

ECO mode – smart meter energy savings


Switch on the energy savings

Every light bulbs can be an energy-saving light bulbs. Why not swap out your old bulbs for some of the more modern energy efficient ones, like LED? Better still, if you’re leaving a room and you’re the last one out, turn off the light as you go. This will save you around £14 on your annual energy bills. Now there’s a bright idea. 

Light switch – smart meter energy savings


When buying new appliances, look for the energy efficiency rating

If you think about it, some of your appliances such as your fridge/freezer, stay on 24/7, 365 days a year, so it makes sense to go for energy efficient appliances when you replace them. If you are considering new appliances, opt for models with the A++ rating.

Fridge – smart meter energy savings


Boycott the TV

The larger your TV is, the more energy it uses. For example, an A-rated 22” LCD TV typically costs £6 a year to run whereas an A-rated 60” TV would cost £33. So make sure you consider this when making a new purchase and make sure you don’t leave it on standby.

TV boycott – smart meter energy savings


These are just a few ideas on how you can save some energy around the home. Put the above tips into practice and you could see a drop in your bills, plus you’ll be able to see the results in near real-time on your smart energy monitor.


Ready to begin? Book your smart meter install now.


*In our recent sample of credit customers (those paying by monthly direct debit, excludes discounts and standing charges) with smart meters, savings are estimated based on the application of the savings achieved by our smart meter customers to the average UK consumption at today’s prices.

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