Save your energy
The arrival of a smart meter has inspired change in the home of Jackson-Stop’s Crispin Harris, and energy-awareness
is having a wider effect in the property market, too
I’ve recently had a smart energy meter installed at home because we’re all thinking about our energy consumption these days and what we can do to reduce it. It arrived and I didn’t give it much thought, sitting it on the kitchen work surface and going about my business.
However, over time I’ve come to realise that I’m taking notice when the lights flash and the energy consumption figures grow, and it really has given me a new understanding of the amount of energy we use.
When my children are home from university, we see a huge increase in consumption however since the smart meter has been installed we have begun to notice a change in the family’s behaviour – lights are being turned off, the kettle is filled only for the tea and coffee that’s required, new light bulbs have been installed and our boiler temperature has been reduced.
There’s a general increase in awareness of energy consumption, hence the introduction of smart meters, and this is also apparent when I’m talking to clients who are looking to move home. Buyers now regularly ask about the energy efficiency and running costs for properties, which emanates from a raised awareness of the environmental impact of reducing consumption and from a cost point of view – having an energy efficient home can drastically cut their outgoings.
When thinking about selling your home, give real credence to the energy efficiency changes you can make such as a smart meter, LED lights, new glazing or a new boiler because buyers are more aware than ever of the advantages of living in an energy efficient home and you’ll definitely appeal to a wider audience.
Greta Thunberg, your voice is beginning to be heard.
Crispin Harris from Jackson Stops