As the number of smart meters installed by British Gas in homes approaches the 1.5 million mark, Andrew Gwynne MP has welcomed news today that 5,444 homes in Denton and Reddish are already benefiting from increased control over energy bills through British Gas smart meters.
Smart meters were on show at a British Gas Innovation Reception in Westminster, along with other technology which helps people understand and reduce their energy use.
Smart meters give people greater insight into how much gas and electricity they’re using. A smart energy monitor can be placed anywhere in the home to display in pounds and pence how much gas and electricity is being used, helping people to be more efficient. Smart meter readings are sent automatically to energy companies, putting an end to estimated bills and manual meter readings.
Smart meters installed by British Gas also come with a free online tool that:
- breaks down a home’s energy use by day, week or month;
- shows how much is used on things like appliances, heating and lighting;
- compares the household’s use to other similar homes, and;
- provides personalised tips on how to be more energy efficient.
Andrew Gwynne MP also saw British Gas’ smart thermostat, Hive Active Heating, which lets customers control their heating and hot water remotely from a smartphone, tablet and laptop. More than 200,000 homes now control their heating remotely using Hive. 51% of customers use it daily, and 70% think they’ve made energy savings since having it installed.
Smart meters and Hive Active Heating are part of a wave of ‘the internet of things’, which sees household objects connecting with each other and people through the internet, opening up new ways of controlling our homes. More products are being developed by British Gas to maximise the internet of things and help people more easily manage their energy, and create homes of the future.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The British Gas Innovation Reception provided a terrific insight into how new technology is helping my constituents become more aware of energy use and how they can manage their bills.”
Vicky Charles, a Smart Energy Expert for British Gas who took part in the Innovation Reception, said:
“Whether it’s discovering how energy efficient the fridge is, or the cost of using the tumble dryer; or if it’s being able to turn the heating off without getting out of bed, our customers are excited about these new technologies. They make life easier and can save you money on your energy bills.”
British Gas is leading the way in the smart meter roll-out, with its 1,200 Smart Energy Experts getting smart meters into homes more quickly than any other energy supplier. The roll-out is part of a Government initiative to replace current gas and electricity meters with smart meters as standard by 2020.
If you are a British Gas customer and want your home to be upgraded to smart meters, you can register your interest by visiting britishgas.co.uk/upgrade/smartmeter and filling in the form. Alternatively, you can wait until they contact you to arrange for one of their Smart Energy Experts to carry out the meter upgrade as part of their phased roll out.
More information is available at britishgas.co.uk/smarter-living.html