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Consider Smart Meters For Your Commercial Premises

Smart meters have been around in domestic properties for quite some time, helping households to keep track of their energy usage and, hopefully, reduce their gas bills. 

However, they are not just designed for houses and flats, as they can be used in commercial premises too, enabling businesses to manage their energy expenditure better as well. 

How do smart meters work?

When deciding to install a smart meter, a commercial gas engineer will come out to determine whether the building fits the requirements needed for the reader to work, such as a good signal. 

This is necessary as the gas meter transmits the readings to the Data and Communications Company (DCC). 

This then sends them on to the energy provider, informing them of how much energy is being used in the building. 

As a result, business owners would no longer have to send manual meter readings, as the company would receive them electronically. This also means engineers would not have to come out to take the readings themselves, ensuring they are more available for emergency repairs and installations. 

What are the benefits of having a smart reader?

  • Time saving

Therefore, one of the major benefits of having a smart reader for your gas usage is it saves both the company and gas supplier time, as businesses no longer have to submit their monthly readings and engineers do not have to make a trip out to do it.

Therefore, the data is automatically sent through to the supplier and tracked.

  • Accurate bills

It also ensures the gas bills are more accurate, as they are created using the exact energy usage, instead of an estimation based on previous readings. 

This is particularly important if companies make a concerted effort to reduce their energy use, as they will want this reflected in their bills. 

  • Look at previous consumption

Having electronic readings also means it is easier for enterprises to look over their previous consumption, so they can use this data to help them improve management of their energy usage. 

By being able to see exactly how much is being used each month, it is easier to look for patterns. For instance, gas bills are likely to be higher over the winter months due to central heating being used to keep the buildings warm. 

However, if bills are just as high in the summer months, this could be a red flag that something is not quite right. For instance, there could be a gas leak, which is causing the fuel to escape from the pipework without anyone knowing about it. 

  • Encourages lower use of energy

The main reason smart meters have become popular in households across the country over the last decade is they encourage people to use less energy. 

As billpayers can see how much energy is being used each time they boil the kettle, heat water for a bath, or increase the thermostat, they are more likely to change their behaviour to avoid the extra costs. 

According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, many people are guilty of overfilling the kettle when they make a hot drink. In fact, 2,649,792 kWh of electricity is wasted every day, increasing the UK’s energy bill by £900,900 unnecessarily. 

Making a cup of tea or coffee for the team is an important role in any office, but boiling too much water can raise companies’ electricity bills dramatically. 

The group has launched its Smart Boil campaign to remind Brits, who drink around 100 million cups of tea a day, to avoid using so much water in the kettle and save money on energy bills. 

“With rapidly rising energy costs, for consumers and businesses alike, every bit we can save on our electricity bills helps us deal better with the cost of living crisis,” head of the UK Tea & Infusions Association Dr Sharon Hall stated. 

Boiling a cup of water in a kettle typically costs 1.01p, but this can be doubled or even tripled every time someone fills the pot when they make a tea. 

By being able to see how much energy is being used and how quickly the bill is rising, it is likely to make bosses think of more ways they can reduce their expenses, including encouraging employees to put less water in the kettle. 

The same is true for turning the thermostat higher unnecessarily, leaving appliances on overnight, and heating the building even when it is vacant, such as over the Christmas holidays. 

There are definitely smarter ways to use gas and electricity that businesses should be aware of, and a smart meter is a good tool to use to start cutting down on energy bills. 

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