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Are Smart Meters a Smart Idea?

The Government announced five years ago that everybody will have Smart meters installed by their energy suppliers. The Department for Energy and Climate Change wants to see 47 million meters in 26 million properties by 2020. But are they really a smart idea? 

Granted that you can't control what you can't measure and visible evidence of your energy use might mean you use less. It did in our house when got an Owl meter but the only real saving we could make was put less water in your kettle i.e. only boil what you need.

The basic problem is that people who are likely to modify their behaviour, have already done it. The one's that haven't aren't likely to just because they can see their usage. Anybody with a contrary view please get in touch.

Anyhow it's a useful step but things a FEED tariff would be more useful. Oh Yes and somebody should tell the BBC that heat pumps don't generate Electricity. Great idea for hot water/space heating but not electricity.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

The average household in the UK produces more then a tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to a total of 31 million tonnes per year, equivalent to the weight of three and a half million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two and a half times! That’s a lot of rubbish!

Every year we produce about 3% more waste than the year before. This might not sound much but, if we carry on, it means that we will double the amount of waste we produce every 25 years!

Each Christmas as much as 83 square kilometers of wrapping paper ends up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey (Gurn-zee). Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France.

UK households throw away between £250 and £400 of potentially edible food every year.

1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

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