Smart meters measure energy consumption in real-time
As a home owner, you are surely familiar with the concept of energy bills. Most, if not all, gas and electricity providers employ a lump-sum approach when drafting your bills. This happens because they (nor you) don’t want to send over human meter readers every month. This is where smart meters can help. They not only eliminate the need for human meter readers alltogether, but measure energy consumption in real-time and provide the information to your energy provider, thus ensuring that your energy bill precisely reflects your actual consumption.
What exactly do smart meters do?
Smart meters are small devices which are installed in your electrical cabinet and/or attached to individual sources which you suspect consume an excess amount of energy. You can add a smart meter to just one or all devices in your home, or chose any combination that suits you the most. The primary task of smart meters is to closely and accurately monitor energy consumption and offer an overview and detailed analysis which you can access on your phone, tablet or computer. Based on gathered data, you can then implement necessary changes accorging to your best judgement.
Ways to control your domestic hot water heating
Since water heating systems are the number one consumer of energy (except maybe for heating itself, although the two systems can be interconnected), monitoring your domestic hot water heating with a smart meter is a very good idea. Smart meters monitor energy consumption regardless of the source - they work with both electric and gas water heaters. In addition to providing the most accurate data, smart meters allow for remote access to your heaters, allowing you to turn them on or off even while away from home. This alone should save you a fair amount of energy, as you don’t need to keep your water heaters on untill you get home in person. At the end of the day, smart water heating is among the most valuable additions to any smart home.
Smart meters can be used for more than just measuring
Multifunctionality is a favourite concept of modern times, and smart technologies are no exception. On the contrary, manufacturers practically race to fit as many (reasonable) functions as possible into a single device. In addition to monitoring and measuring energy consumptions, smart meters thus transfer information to your energy provider, and analyse gathered data so you can read it more effectively. Not many people are aware, though, that they were built with security measures in mind. This means that smart meters will alert you in case of unexpected surge in energy consumption, as well as allow you to set un upper limit for your smart water heater to observe. While this is a somewhat strict measure, any parent will tell you that this is sometimes the only thing that will work if you don’t want your children to use enough hot water to bathe the whole neighbourhood.