Dial Meter This meter shows a reading of 15040•Ignore the top set of dials and read the dials left to right•If the dial is between 2 numbers, note down the number thatthe dial has just passed•Include any zeros at the start and ignore any red dials
Digital Meter This meter shows a reading of 62198•Read the meter left to right and ignore the red numbers•Gas meters show 4 or 5 digits•Electricity meters show 5 digits•Some electricity meters will show 2 lines of digits
Why read your meters? To get accurate bills instead of estimated bills If you get estimated bills you could be paying too much or too little To double check your energy bills To keep an eye on your energy usage To know the approximate cost of your bills before they arrive
Energy ProvidersThe best type of meterSwitching providersWarm home discounts
Types of Meter Pre Payment Standard√Manage debt √Access to energy deals√No unexpected bills √Constant supply of√Keep an eye on energy electricity (if bills are paid!) usage √Cheaper than pre payment Most expensive way to pay meters for energy Can get into debt If you cant get to the shop No way of keeping track of you can run out of gas / energy use electricity Cant get the best deals for Possibility of large bills – energy particularly in winter
Use Price Comparison websites to find the best deal for gas and electricity
Warm Home Discount The Warm Home Discount scheme came into operation on 1 April 2011 Under this scheme customers in receipt of some benefits may be able to receive a £120 rebate into their electricity account Each of the “big six” providers has slightly different criteria to meet For some you can apply online, for others you need to phone in, it depends on your provider
Warm Home Discount - Example Southern Electric (Swalec)To receive the £120 rebate you must be in receipt of Pension Credit You may also be able to receive the rebate if:You receive one of the following:•Income Support•Income-based Job Seekers Allowance•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance which has a work-related activity component or support componentAnd:•You have a child under the age of 5•You receive Child Tax Credit with a disability or severe disability component•You receive a disabled child premium•You receive a disability, enhanced disability or severe disability premium•You receive a pension premium, higher pension premium or enhanced pensionpremium
InsulationWhere the heat goesBefore and afterMaking the most of your insulationThermostatic radiator valves and thermostats
Where the Heat Goes 25% through the roof 35% through walls10 % through the windows 15% through draughts
Make the Most of Your Insulation Turn off the central heating one hour before you go to bed – the insulation means that your home will stay warm for a while Turn down the central heating – turning down the heating by 1oC could cut your bills by 10% Turn down the radiators in rooms that you don’t use often Close doors to the rooms that you don’t use often Shut the curtains when the sun goes down to help to keep the heat in
ThermostatsControl the temperature of your central heating with your thermostat21oC is the best temperature for your central heating
Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV) Use TRV’s to control the temperature of your radiatorsTurn down the heat on radiators in rooms that you don’t use
Energy Saving Bulbs Each energy saving bulb that you use can save you £3 per year on your electricity bill Energy saving bulbs can last 8 times longer than “normal” bulbs and use 80% less electricity Give energy saving bulbs a try, they can save you money!
Energy MonitorsUse the monitor to see how much electricity you are using at any time of the day The monitor can help you to break badhabits by showing you exactly how much it costs to leave things turned on. Energy monitors can reduce your energy usage by 5 – 10% each year Take home an energy monitor and keep an eye on your energy use!
A dripping tap.....Will waste enough water in 2 weeks to fill a bath
When making a cuppa try notto over fill the kettle....... Save energy and money by only boiling the water that you need If everyone boiled only the water that they needed, enough electricity could be saved to light the UK’s street lights for 7 months!
Don’t leave things on standby..... Turning appliances off at the plug saves energy and money If you don’t use them very often, or if your going away, make sure that appliances are turned off at the plug so that they don’t waste electricity.Leaving electrical items on standby instead of turning them off can cost you up to £40 a year
Quick Quiz1. Which energy provider is funding the external improvements?2. How much would you expect to save if you adjust your lifestyle and follow the energy saving advice?3. Name 3 energy saving tips4. Name a price comparison site5. Name 2 locations for meters