Smarten up your act and keep bills down

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER has been hailed as being among the en­ergy savvi­est cities in the coun­try, af­ter new re­search re­vealed how many res­i­dents have in­tro­duced en­ergy-sav­ing mea­sures to try to keep their bills down.

The survey found that 87 per cent of Manch­ester’s res­i­dents put en­ergy-sav­ing mea­sures into their homes in an ef­fort to lower their bills, beat­ing Lon­don and Aberdeen but fall­ing be­hind Liver­pool in the league ta­ble of Bri­tain’s most ‘en­ergy smart’ cities.

Of those sur­veyed, more than four in 10 have a more ef­fi­cient new boiler, while a third of homes in­tro­duced other en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances to help save on bills.

Four in 10 peo­ple ques­tioned said they would wel­come a smart me­ter to help man­age their house­hold out­go­ings, ac­cord­ing to the new re­search from Bri­tish Gas.

Smart me­ters re­place tra­di­tional me­ters and come with a free smart en­ergy mon­i­tor that shows how much en­ergy is being used in near real-time, in pounds and pence, help­ing cus­tomers com­pare en­ergy use over time and see the im­pact of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures in their homes.

The re­search also found that home­own­ers are more likely to in­vest in smart or con­nected home tech­nol­ogy to save en­ergy.

Na­tion­ally, half of home­own­ers said they have smart me­ters or Hive tech­nol­ogy in their home to help them keep bills down, com­pared to just 19 per cent of renters who said the same.

Bri­tish Gas smart en­ergy ex­pert Em­ran Ud­din said: “Peo­ple are think­ing more about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency to help re­duce their en­ergy con­sump­tion and lower their bills.

“There’s def­i­nitely a grow­ing in­ter­est in con­nected home de­vices like Hive Ac­tive Heat­ing, which al­low peo­ple to con­trol the heat­ing in their homes.

“Smart me­ters help cus­tomers to see how much it costs to boil the ket­tle for ex­am­ple – and they put an end to es­ti­mated bills or sub­mit­ting me­ter read­ings.”

Credit Daniel Graves Pho­tog­ra­phy

Em­ran Ud­din with a smart me­ter

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