Working with the National Trust
This autumn we'll be working with the National Trust to show people how small actions, such as getting and using a smart meter, can help to upgrade the nation's energy infrastructure and combat climate change.
What the National Trust is doing to reduce its carbon footprint
The National Trust is working hard to help preserve some of our most loved heritage and open spaces for future generations, and that involves tackling climate change to help ensure a sustainable future. It has pledged to reduce its energy use by 15% by 2021 (compared with a 2009 baseline), and in the same timeframe it is striving towards generating 50% of its energy from renewable sources.
It has now installed hundreds of smart meters at the places it cares for, and it's working to add more. After all, it's much easier to improve efficiency if you know how much energy you're using.
- You can find out more about how the National Trust is working towards a low carbon future by visiting its website.
Smart meters are also essential to the development of a smart energy system which will help to deliver reliable, clean and affordable energy for the country.
'Travel to 2050'
Throughout September and October 2019, we will be visiting six properties with an interactive AR experience.
The 'Travel to 2050' experience will transport visitors to the year 2050, showing them what National Trust places and their environment could look like if we don't take action to update our energy system and reduce energy usage.
The activation reminds us of the role that smart meters will play in creating a low-carbon future.
So... why is it important that people say "Yes" to a smart meter?
1) Smart meters are upgrading Britain's energy system
Smart meters are making Britain's energy system smarter. The data that smart meters are able to generate allows our energy system to understand how much energy is being used, when and where across Great Britain. It enables the people who manage Britain's energy system to be able to better plan, and helps consumers to shift usage from traditional peak times.
2) Smart meters will help reduce waste in the energy system
There is a lot of waste in our energy system. This is partly due to the fact that energy has to travel a long way from where it’s generated before it gets to you. Smart meters will help us cut down on that waste by forecasting energy demand more efficiently.
In fact, the government predicts that the smart meter rollout could save £650m of energy wasted within the system. The system will be able to draw on more local and renewable sources of energy too.
- Did you know that we could achieve 11% of the UK’s 2050 carbon emissions target just by taking household energy efficiency measures? Find out more: #MissingPiece
3) Smart meters help Great Britain anticipate future energy demands
Demand for electricity in Britain is predicted to nearly double by 2050. Smart meters are integral to Britain meeting future increased energy demands because they:
- enable a flexible energy system that can use greener sources of energy
- balance supply and demand
- ensure security of our energy supply
All of these will make Britain better equipped to manage all of our energy requirements for the future.
Just by getting a smart meter, you are helping to upgrade Britain's energy system.
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