Reading a gas meter can be somewhat confusing because there are two main types of meter with several variations of each type plus the fact while modern meters work in cubic meters the older ones work in hundreds of cubic feet. It is not always clear what is being measured and often the only way to find out is to look at the last gas bill to find out. Electricity meters are not that much simpler. Below are a selection of links with information on how to read a range of different meters:
The holiday checklist has been updated by Practical Home Energy Saving in preparation for the holiday season. It can be found in the miscellaneous section. When you go on holiday do you go round the house turning off everything you can or do you forget in the excitement of going away? Do you think hard about what can be turned of rather than just turning off the obvious things? If the answer to these questions is no then this checklist will help you save money and may help protect you from disasters. These going away tips how to save energy are just as applicable if your house is empty for a considerable time and even when you go away for the day.
Over the last few days there have been reports in the press about the energy companies wish for electrical appliance manufacturers to fit smart devices to their appliances to allow them to be controller remotely. While the technology to do this exists now so far now one has implemented it on any significant scale. Currently the cost of this is estimated at around £5 per appliance but this cost would soon reduce dramatically if it was implemented on a large scale. This is being done supposedly in the name of energy efficiency and energy saving. The question is who is gaining the benefits of this energy efficiency and is it anything to do with energy saving plus is this an invasion of privacy and freedom? Read more about big brother . . .