There has been discussion about Smart meters in the press and in Green Christian’s own (members only) discussion group.
GC member Mark Boulton writes:
I’m referring to those smart meters managing our electricity (though I have to say that voluntarily installing a meter for the water supply to my last house saved a substantial sum of money as well as encouraging us to be more careful with our use of water).
I consulted a good friend of mine who works with the independent group of experts – The National Infrastructure Commission – which was asked to consider how the UK can better balance supply and demand. A brief quote from the foreword to the report:
‘ Our energy sector is changing fundamentally. Two-thirds of our existing power stations are expected to close by 2030 as our coal, nuclear, and oldest gas fired power stations reach the end of their lives. This report makes recommendations to help ensure that our electricity system is fit for the future.
The Commission’s central finding is that Smart Power – principally built around three innovations, Interconnection, Storage, and Demand Flexibility –
— have the potential to displace part of the need for new generating capacity,
— could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK’s energy supply for generations’.
My colleague considers: ‘ they are absolutely essential to the national climate change strategy and I give credit to successive governments for sticking to the delayed national roll-out in the face of ill-informed carping from the Daily Mail etc. Multi rate time of day tariffs are coming – I am working on a trial which shows people saving money and energy with them, will send you the paper when published’.
If you want to delve deeper then look at:
I found using the portable Owl Meter (or which I still have two available for loan) taught me a lot about which appliances were costing me money – water heating especially. But reading the paragraphs above I can see how much more smart meters connected to the electricity supply will help reduce electricity use.