Smart Meters are coming
I am always looking for new ways to save money and having a Smart meter is a great way to get in control of your gas and electricity spending. Particularly important now its colder and the heating is needed. I have seen my bills rise by £20 from Sept to Oct and a smart meter would enable me to check usage everyday. Every home in Great Britain between now and 2020 will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to gas and electricity smart meters. This means that over 53 million new meters will be installed in homes up and down the country.
Your energy supplier installs the new technology at no extra cost. Smart meters come with a portable in-home display that shows you in near real time how much energy you are using and the true cost in a language that we all understand, pounds and pence. The smart meter sends your meter readings to your supplier meaning no more estimated bills, you pay exactly for what you use.
I would love to have accurate readings and know that the energy I pay for each month is a correct measurement of what we have used rather than an estimate. I have been caught out in the past with a direct debit that is not high enough and being charged a significant amount of money when the energy company has caught up withe the readings.
Jewellery made from Meters?
To mark the coming of the control that smart meters bring, three lovely bloggers have taken the inner workings of an old analogue electricity meter and working with North London boutique jeweller, Tomfoolery have up-cycled the components into stylish pieces of jewellery. The Meters Collection!
You can see the pieces created by Fresh & Fearless, Taislany Gomes and Tales of a Pale Face below. Now here is the good part, each blogger has five pieces of their creation to give away to their readers. All that you have to do is pop over to their blog, tell them one of the benefits of smart meters (hint, look at the previous paragraph) and you’ll be entered into the draw, and just in time for Christmas.
Fresh & Fearless Click here to go through to the competition to win this cuff. It is solid sterling silver with rose gold washers and cuff ends. A beautiful unisex design that looks so stylish and modern.
Taislany Gomes has designed a collar, that is sterling silver backed with three black diamonds.
Tales of a Pale Face Click through to here to enter to win this beautiful necklace made from the electrical components with a 9ct gold chain and amethyst stone.
When analogue energy meters are upgraded to smart meters it is done by specially trained engineers and they are taken away and their parts recycled. This one-off jewellery project has been done under safe and controlled conditions using meters that have already been removed from homes. This should not be replicated at home!
What do you think of the jewellery that has been created?
This post is written in collaboration with Smart Energy GB.