How to Save Energy with a Smart MeterSaving energy is not only good for the planet; it's good for your wallet as well. There are several ways to save energy, but one of the best is to use a smart meter. A smart meter monitors your energy use and takes automatic readings and sends them to your energy company. The information from the smart meter reading is then used to make an accurate electricity and gas bill.
Those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint will be most interested in switching to a smart meter because they will know just how much gas and electricity they are using over the course of a day, week, month and even a year. No more estimating how much your bill will be you will know exactly how much you have to pay.
Other ways to save energy are:
Don't Leave Your Appliances on Standby
This includes your TV, DVD player, computers and stereos. The reason for this is because you waste energy. Another thing to keep in mind is that even when plugged in appliances are turned off; they are still drawing energy from the electrical socket.
Only Use What You Need
It takes longer to boil large amounts of water, which means there's more electricity being used. Only boil the amount you need to help conserve energy. When it comes to using dishwashers, dryers and washers try to do a full load rather than a half load so that you aren't wasting water. Another option is to use the economy setting.
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Although they cost a bit more, energy efficient light bulbs are a much better option to regular florescent light bulbs because they don't use as much power and last much longer. Any extra money you spend you'll gain with the amount you'll save on your monthly bills.
Keep Your Heat in the House
Cut down on the amount of power it costs to heat your house by keeping all of your heat from escaping. Seal up any leaks you may have in doors and windows by double-glazing them. Simply by closing your curtains at night time can significantly cut down the amount of heat escaping through your windows.
Install a Programmable Thermostat in Your House
Rather than switching your thermostat on and off when you're too hot or too cold, consider installing a programmable thermostat and setting it comfortably low in the summer and comfortably high in the winter. It takes more energy to completely reheat or cool a house, so simply change the temperature setting to one that's more to your liking rather than completely shutting the thermostat off.
First Utility is an energy company with a difference. We want to help you understand your energy usage, reduce your carbon footprint and ensure you receive accurate bills.