- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Soon reading the energy meter will no longer mean burrowing in amongst the coats hanging in some cubby hole. According to British Gas, smart meters will tell you at a glance how much gas and electricity you are using.
On Tuesday (1 July), Assembly Member Joyce Watson attended a British Gas-sponsored exhibition at the Assembly’s Senedd on Cardiff Bay. The Mid and West AM learned about the benefits of new smart meters. Mrs Watson said:
“If the monitor on your meter is giving you information in red it means you are using a lot of power. If it’s in green, your consumption is low. You will know how much it costs to make your toast in the morning. If you are on-grid, from now on you will be able to monitor your use of gas and electricity, which should make it easier for you to take control of your finances.”
Starting in autumn 2015, the UK government plans to roll out smart meters to homes across the country by 2020. Ahead of the national roll-out, British Gas began installing new smart energy meters in Welsh homes last year.
Mrs Watson continued:
“The monitor shows the cost per hour of energy you are using, the cost of consumption so far that day and the percentage of your daily target for energy use. This information is already helping customers save money – 9 out of ten British Gas smart meter customers are taking simple daily steps to reduce their energy use.”