5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Smart Meter
Energy prices are on the rise, which means many people are worried about their energy bills. While there are certain things you can do to cut your costs, one of the easiest ways to reduce your bills is to keep an eye on how you’re using energy, and smart meters can help you do this. With the government aiming to have smart meters in every home by 2020, here are some reasons why you should upgrade as soon as possible.
1. It’s free and easy
Getting a smart meter installed won’t cost you anything. Depending on your energy company, you may have already been offered smart meter upgrades for your gas or electric, but you can also arrange installation yourself. Fitting a smart meter is usually a quick process, taking a couple of hours and causing minimal disruption to your day.
2. You can see what you spend
When you get your electricity bill, you can see how much you’ve spent, but not where you’ve spent it. Smart meters give you a breakdown from your utilities company of how much you’re using in real time, and how much it’s costing. Some expensive things to run include:
- Central heating
- Tumble dryers
- Washing machines
- Electrical heaters
Therefore, if you have these appliances, you can keep an eye on what you spend, and there are no nasty surprises at the end of the month.
3. You can get on the best tariff
Being on the right tariff is key to getting the best energy bills. However, it can be difficult with traditional billing to see whether you’re paying the right rate. When you get new gas and electric connections, you’ll often be put on a standard tariff, which means you might be over-paying. Smart meters give you better analytical data, so you can see which tariff is really best for you.
4. You can use energy at the cheapest times
Need to run your tumble dryer or do a big load of laundry? Smart meters help you to find the cheapest time to use energy. Many tariffs have an ‘off-peak’ time, allowing you to save money when the system is less busy, so you can use your appliances at the best time. Saving energy shouldn’t mean having to cut down on the things you need, and a smart meter ensures you can still stay comfortable.
5. It makes saving energy fun
Let’s face it, trying to save money isn’t exactly enjoyable. But smart meters have a handy interface that can actually make saving energy fun. Using the simple apps, you can see exactly where energy is being used at any time, and keep track of your billing. You can even get housemates or family involved, setting yourself targets for savings and seeing how much you can cut from your bills in certain time periods.
To find out more about smart meter upgrades, simply call Connections 2 Energy of Suite 18, Link 665 Business Centre, Todd Hall Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 5HU on 0161 359 59590.