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How you could save energy by using it flexibly

As energy prices increase, we’re all trying to find more ways to use less energy in our homes, to reduce our bills as much as possible. And according to our research, one way we could reduce our bills is by being more flexible with the energy we use. Read on to find out how.

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How are we being more flexible?

We carried out research to find out how the pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Our findings show that we are changing our daily habits to suit the new ‘normal’. Here are a few habits that we have changed over the past couple of years:

  • 51% of us now usually watch TV on-demand, rather than live TV
  • 90% of us are shopping online, rather than going to the shops
  • Nearly 60% of us use mobile banking apps, instead of going to the bank

On top of all this, our working lives have become more flexible. Less people are travelling to work every day, as working from home has become more common.

But changing our habits doesn't stop there...

How can this flexibility help us reduce our energy bills?

Our research shows that 69% of people would like to be more flexible with how they use energy. Greener and more flexible energy use, enabled by smart meters, is on the horizon! As Great Britain moves toward a smarter and more flexible energy system, energy suppliers will be more capable to offer consumers who want them a time-of-use tariff.

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Time-of-use tariffs offer different prices for energy at different times of the day.

So, you will find that energy is cheaper when energy demand is low, or when there is a high amount of renewable energy available.

For example, if you use your washing machine when there is a lot of renewable energy being produced (on windy or sunny days), or, if you charge your phone at night when less energy is being used by others, your energy could be cheaper.

These tariffs have been designed to help you be more flexible with your energy usage and could lead to significant cost savings.

And an added bonus? Even people who do not choose these tariffs will benefit! These tariffs will help reduce the demand for energy at busier times, to spread energy use throughout the day. This will enable more use of cheaper, greener, renewable energy sources.

How can being flexible help the environment?

Our research also found that over 80% of us want our energy to come from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels. Smart meters will help us to rely less on fossil fuels, thanks to the half-hourly meter readings they provide…

Half hourly meter readings mean that your smart meter could send a meter reading to your supplier every 30 minutes. The more often meter readings are provided, the better your energy supplier can understand and manage what energy is needed, and where. This means less energy waste, more renewable energy, and less carbon emissions. It will also enable energy suppliers to offer cheaper, greener, smarter and more flexible energy options to you.

Speaking on an independent basis, through Imperial Consultants, Dr Jeffrey Hardy, from Imperial College London, explains why more frequent meter readings, enabled by smart meters, are key to flexible energy use:

“This smart energy future might sound like it means a more complex relationship between people and energy, however, this isn’t likely the case. In my research I have shown that it this smart energy system is an opportunity for energy businesses to get to know their customers better. The rollout of smart meters, combined with other sources of data, means that energy businesses can understand what their customers want, need and value in terms of their energy usage. This provides the opportunity for energy suppliers to tailor the service they offer.”

What does flexibility mean for smart meter data?

Case study: Grahame

Grahame lives in a four-bedroom detached house in West Lothian with his wife and two children and had his smart meter installed in February 2019. He is passionate about decarbonising his home, helping Great Britain to use energy more efficiently and sees time-of-use tariffs and smart meters as key to both these things.

I wanted to get a smart meter fitted in 2019 to save me money and keep an eye on my energy use. I was really keen to decarbonise my lifestyle and I’ve taken steps since getting a smart meter to do that.

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Join the millions of Brits who are already using a smart meter and accompanying in-home display to reduce the energy usage in their homes.

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