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.
My name is My-Yen Butler I live in Cardiff currently with my husband and my small child. One of my favourite features of the in-home display on the smart meter is knowing exactly how much energy and money we’re using, because it’s so exact. So, for example, the kettle could be on for a few seconds and I can see exactly how much energy consumption it’s used.
For us it was a logical next step to get a smart meter because it ensured that we could bring our energy use down and help tackle climate change. It’s definitely had a positive effect because I know what I need to do in terms of saving energy in our household, and also saving money, and just knowing that there are things on in the house that don’t need to be.
I think that if more people in Great Britain were to get a smart meter it would definitely help to tackle climate change because it just gives a better insight into what energy you are using and how you can bring energy use down when you don’t actually need to use it.
It’s really important for me and my family to make these changes now. By having a smart meter I feel like it’s just a small step that we’ve made to help future generations to come, in particular, my son’s generation.
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 Britain's energy game changers
"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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Meet one of Britain's energy game changers, Rick, who is using his smart meter to help reduce his carbon footprint.
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