Regularly reviewing your energy bills will give you a good overview of where and when you are using energy. It also helps you to see where you might want to do more to reduce your usage. By doing this, you can make informed decisions when investing in energy efficient appliances or energy saving measures.
Reminding you and your household members that saving energy is saving money will motivate and help you to reduce your demand and thus your carbon emissions.
The easiest way to review your energy bills is to keep hold of bills when you receive them and set aside a time once or twice a year to go over them. It can be helpful to do this with other members of your household. This way you can work out how you are currently using your electricity and heat as well as where the greatest potential for savings is.
A smart meter is a gas and/or electricity meter that collects real time data and shares it with your provider. It also includes a in-home display, showing you how much energy your household is currently using.
There is more information on smart meters on the Smart Energy website.
Smart home appliances, such as smart thermostats, allow you to link your heating system to your personal devices, e.g. via apps. This enables you to not only regulate the heating of your home remotely but also get real-time insights into how much energy is being used.
You can find more information on smart meters and heating controls on the Energy Saving Trust’s website.