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MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE SIMPLE

We’ve noticed that the way we talk about climate change in Britain can sometimes be a little…confusing. But it doesn’t need to be. We’ve worked with author & broadcaster Simon Reeve to find out how we can simplify the process, and lose the complicated eco-jargon. So we can all understand what environmentally friendly changes we should make in our own homes.

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What do these ‘eco-terms’ mean?

We asked adventure author Simon Reeve:

“The world is facing a climate crisis and we’re all keen to find ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. But we are regularly hearing new words and phrases and it can be confusing, so we thought it would be helpful to explain what some of them mean.

“Whatever the complicated jargon suggests, helping the planet doesn’t need to be confusing. There are easy things we can all do, such as requesting a smart meter installation and using it to manage our energy use, which make doing your bit for the planet very simple.”

To help you become an ‘eco-term’ expert, we have teamed up with Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources to define these words and phrases.

Watch the video below to see Simon Reeve explain the complicated terms we are all hearing about more everyday:

What do these terms have to do with smart meters?

Reaching net zero by 2050, or reducing your carbon footprint. What do these phrases have in common? Smart meters could help to unlock their potential…

How are smart meters helping us reach net zero?

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As Simon Reeve explained, net zero means the balance between the amount of greenhouse gases we emit, and the amount removed from the atmosphere. And if you’re not sure what greenhouse gases are, they’re gases in Earth's atmosphere that trap heat, for example carbon dioxide. We definitely don’t want too much of that.

To achieve net zero, we need to reduce the greenhouse gases we emit. Which means using less fossil fuels to generate energy, like coal, which emits greenhouse gases when burnt. We need to replace these gases with more renewable energy. And a smart energy system, enabled by smart meters, could help us make the most of this renewable energy, such as solar or wind energy.

Wind turbines in foreground

How are smart meters helping us reduce our carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is a clever way to measure the impact we have on the environment. It works out the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from our everyday activities – like driving, going on holiday or using single use plastics.

To reduce our carbon footprint, customers could use their smart meter and smart tariffs to reduce their energy usage at peak periods, when electricity is most expensive. This will help the energy system reduce our reliance on additional power stations, because they won’t need to produce as much extra energy at these peak times. Helping us make the most of renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.

A smart meter can also help you spot where you’re using unnecessary energy in your home, to reduce how much electricity and gas you use…

How could a smart meter help you make your home more energy efficient?

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Without a smart meter, we tend to use appliances and heat our homes without knowing exactly how much everything costs. Sometimes, we only find out we’ve spent too much when it’s too late and the energy bill has arrived!

With a smart meter, you’ll be offered a portable in-home display, which will provide near real time updates on how much you’re spending on electricity and gas. This could lead to behaviour changes to help you save money, and help the environment.

In fact, 69% of smart meter owners say they are more conscious of their energy use since getting one.

Below are some real-life examples of environmentally friendly household changes. With the help of a smart meter and accompanying in-home display, of course:

Switching appliances and devices off standby

Hina noticed her in-home display was still showing that energy was being used, even though no appliances or devices were being used at the time. After searching her house for what could be using energy, she found that it must be plugs that were left on at the wall with devices and chargers still plugged in (but not in use). The family now switches off everything at the plug when not in use.

Replacing a kettle with a one cup kettle

Lorna noticed on her in-home display how much energy her kettle was using every time she made a cup of tea or coffee. As she lives alone, she decided to switch to a ‘one cup kettle’ so she no longer overfills the kettle or wastes energy. But if you don’t want to buy a ‘one cup kettle’, you can choose to only boil the exact amount of water you need when you use your current kettle.

Getting a smart meter installed is one step towards better energy efficiency in the home, alongside actions like turning appliances off standby or washing your clothes on a cooler wash.

The Smart Future report

Your energy usage behaviours in your home play a vital role in the UK’s plan to reach net zero by 2050. If you want to know more, you can download the full report below:

Tackling climate change from home

Request your smart meter

Now that you’re an ‘eco-terms’ expert, you’ll want to put your new found knowledge into action. So, join the millions of Brits already helping to create a smarter future by requesting a smart meter.

Simply type your energy supplier in the box below and we'll redirect you to their website.

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