I am not an organized man. In fact, it’s pretty fair to say I am an exceptionally disorganised man.
I am also someone who never puts off to tomorrow anything that could feasibly be put off until next week, or even next month/year/decade.
These two delightful character traits combine to make my existence a non stop rollercoaster ride of ulcer inducing stress and panic. It’s so bad that I suspect that if I didn’t have my wife to act as my custodian I’d be living naked and shivering in a ditch somewhere.
One of my biggest mental blocks is gas and electricity meter readings. Every time I get one of those little slips asking to do one I absentmindedly throw it on the to-do heap and go back to whatever vitally important task I was doing previously (probably watching Batman cartoons if I’m honest).
This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact my slackness in not supplying a meter reading invariably leads to an estimated bill – which is either too high or, even more scarily, too low; meaning I eventually end up having to pay a whopping great big backpayment.
However British Gas recently emailed me to let me know that they’re coming to my rescue. Hurrah!
Over the next few years British Gas are providing all their customers with new “smart meters”. These meters will take readings every 30 minutes, and then once a day transmit them magically to British Gas. This means that never again will I have to rummage around under the sink with a torch trying to read the tiny numbers, or have to feel mortified at the state of the house when a meter reader unexpectedly turns up at the door.
It also means an end to estimated bills, which is very nice indeed.
Also, with the new smart meters I’ll be able to monitor my energy use via the internet, or even my smartphone, which will make reducing our energy consumption a lot easier and reduce our carbon footprint – again, very nice indeed.
Here’s a short video to show you what I mean.
What’s more in the future British Gas plan to provide itemised bills showing how various domestic appliances add to costs, as well as information on the size of household’s carbon footprint and how usage compares with community and national averages.
British gas plan to contact their customers when their homes are ready for upgrade and arrange for an expert to change the meter, explain how to use the smart energy monitor, and even give their customers tips on how to save on bills. Marvolous.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of British Gas