Today an electrician from Siemens is coming to fit a Smartmeter. We have had a little device which tells us our electricity consumption before, we got rid of it in the end, as it was cluttering up the kitchen and did not really save us any money as we are quite careful anyway. The attraction of this new device is that it covers the gas and the electricity and takes meter readings automatically ensuring that we are only charged for the energy we use.
The meter is free from our current supplier and I was very attracted by the idea of monitoring the gas use. Sometimes MissShoestring or someone else leaves the water heater on all night ! This is obviously very expensive and I think the meter will show us when these little mistakes are happening and we can avoid them.
I know some people are not keen on the idea of these meters because of the mobile phone signal they use, but with several young people in the house this is a none issue for us as they are using their mobile phones a great deal anyway !
I am also quite looking forward to having some sunny days over the Summer and seeing exactly how many kilowatts the solar array is generating. It is certainly working well just now as I have not needed to put on the hot water since the start of April !
If anyone has a Smartmeter I would love to know if they are as good as they sound ?
Also, just wanted to let you know that Kate Singh has another of her ebooks for free this week, it's the "Lazy and Cheap Housewife", great tips in there too !