Energy Saving: the problem is how to go about it without appearing like a nag!  Plus my brain isn’t what it was, and although I remember that I was taught how to work out what having a light on would cost, I can’t for the life of me remember how to do it.  With the big hairy northern one home having been made redundant, I’m both wanting to save money and also encourage more light turning off now there are more people in the house!

So I’ve considered:

1) Nagging – that’s tiring

2) Making Curly Headed Boy the ‘boss with the power’ and a clipboard so that he can mark down when people forget to turn off lights/plugs/standby thing’s – that’s going to create a monster!

3) Trying to work out the cost – yep like that’s going to work with one brain cell

So I was fascinated when British Gas contacted me about their Smart Meters.  I reckon this is the solution to my problem!  They replace your old Gas and Electricity meters and give you an in house display.  That is going to be so much fun, to see how much everything costs and how much energy it takes up.  (I have a strong amount of geek in my blood, so any gadget is going to get my blood pumping!).

You might remember last time I worked with British Gas that I admitted that I might not have the best Eco qualifications in the world.  However, it makes total sense to me to make the most of what we have by recycling and being careful about our energy usage.  Psychologically if we are thoughtful of our world and careful about how we spend money/energy it reaps benefits in us feeling like there is more value in our life and a greater connection to nature.  Otherwise we are like spoilt unhappy kids who are running around breaking their toys, getting bored quickly and constantly wanting more stuff.  Plus as a parent, energy bills seem to be one of the biggest concerns, so if this can help us easily reduce our bills (they are estimating by 10%), then that would be fab.

By the way, there is also a competition you can join in to win £250 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers called the ‘Smart Mums Watt Loss Challenge‘, which I’m totally joining in with; so you’d better not win it!

I’m really hoping that I’m on the list to get one of these really soon, I know that they’ve said that they plan to do loads in 2012, so cross fingers I’m one of them.  You can just imagine the geek in me doing happy jumps and the tree hugger smiling all contentedly!


Disclosure: I’m participating in the British Gas Smart Meter campaign. Smart meters work with an in-home display to show how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence. You can see how much you’re spending by leaving your phone charger plugged in all the time, or the heating on at night. And when you can really see how much you’re using, you can start to make small changes to become more efficient. Smart Meters automatically send British Gas readings so they represent the end of estimated bills! British Gas is committed to install 1.5 million smart meters by the end of 2012.


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  1. I know irony of ironies I’ve just found out I’m not with them either – gutted! I think that all the other peeps will do it too at some point though.

  2. Yes, everyone will have them in every home by 2019 I hear! I love this post. I love how you approached it with ‘thing to consider’ ie nagging! It feels like thats what Im doing all the time. How can you get a message across when people just hear nagnagnag?! Great post, has given me some good ideas… x

  3. Thanks Michelloui! Well to avoid nagging (and a little nagging isn’t bad at all) it’s about knowing what turns your kid on. For instance Curly headed boy is very social, so sunday he was really excited to tidy & help prepare lunch because we had a family coming round for lunch. Any other time he would have kicked off! The other thing is to make it a consistent habit – that breaks the nagging cycle because eventually they get used to it.

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