Becoming aware of your daily energy usage key to save energy consumptions


One of the most rapidly growing energy suppliers in the UK and other part of the globe today is offering smart meters to make energy consumers become aware of their energy consumptions.

A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and sends that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Unlike home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting through its built-in system called advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). This energy meters aimed to help consumers become aware energy usage and consumptions.

An example of smart meter (photo by wikipedia)

Economic use of energy in whatever form is not merely about cutting back on electricity usage, gas or oil consumptions but having a sustainable strategy in place which actively monitors and helps you stay aware about your energy usage.

Smart meter technology records the consumption of your electrical energy. It provides real time monitoring of the entire energy usage; with this information you have you can alter, change or adapt your lifestyle for better manage your overall energy usage and save money in the long run. According to the Energy Saving Trust “Smart meters can reduce household energy bills by 5-10%.

In the UK, smart meters are free to consumers when signing up to a tariff which delivers a free smart meter.

However, even though you have all these sorts of gadgets to monitor your energy usage – changes in lifestyle is all that matters. Lifestyle change is required but this is far less painful than seeing your energy bills inexorably rising. Lifestyle changes don’t have to be all consuming; all you have to do is change the times you have the water tank heater on, the time the washing machine cycle begins as well as reducing the size of light bulbs you used. Energy consumption is simply talks about how long your appliances (utilities) are switched on and when they are switched off. (Sachin Bansal)