HOW SMART METERS CAN HELP TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
We all want to live in a world with cleaner air and cleaner energy. But what’s all that got to do with smart meters? Spoiler alert – there’s more to it than reducing your energy use…
Saving energy at home with a smart meter
Smart meters come with a handy in-home display (IHD) that shows how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence – and whether your usage is high, medium or low.
With a better understanding of your usage, it’s easier to see where you can make small changes to reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy emissions. This leads to lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint – a double win.
Based on the average savings, if everyone got a smart meter we could save enough energy to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.
- We could achieve 11% of the UK's 2050 carbon emissions target just by taking household energy efficiency measures.
But don’t just take our word for it. The video below shows how My-Yen has used her smart meter and IHD to bring down her energy use, and why she thinks this is important.
A smart energy system
Just by having a smart meter installed, you will help us to reduce our carbon emissions as a nation, even without making changes to how you use energy at home.
This is because the near real time data smart meters provide will tell the smart energy system how much energy is being used, when and where across Great Britain.
This will help the energy system better manage the supply and demand of energy to reduce waste, and also shift energy usage away from traditional peak times – which are currently reliant on fossil fuel energy – and make more use of renewables.
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How smart meters will enable low carbon technology in the future
Smart meters also have the potential to unlock the development of exciting new technology that will make our homes more energy efficient in the future, which will also help reduce our carbon footprint.
We all want an energy system that is geared to the future, not the past. And to make big changes, sometimes we have to start small. Smart meters can’t solve climate change on their own, but with the smarter, more efficient energy system they help to create, they're a start.
Meet one of Britain's energy game changers, Rick, who is using his smart meter to help reduce his carbon footprint.
"It's made me think, about not just the energy I consume in the flat, but the environment in general. I'm not an eco-warrior. I'm just a dude who doesn't like waste."
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