Want to cut your electricity bills?
Worried about rising electricity bills, or just want to reduce your carbon footprint? With the Government’s Smart meter programme still several years away (planned completion in 2019), what can you do now? That’s where the Steyning Power Rangers come in.
Invite one of our Power Ranger volunteers in and we will lend you a high-tech electricity monitor that will track you whole house consumption. We’ll also lend you a plug-in meter so you can see what individual appliances use.
That way you can get a grip on how much electricity you’re really using, and which of your appliances and devices are most to blame. We’ll come back a week later to help you make sense of the results and figure out where you can make the most effective savings.
How the monitor works
There’s two types of home electricity monitors on offer, both made by a UK Company called Owl. You will either get:
- a stand alone meter that records and displays your electricity consumption in real time. We’ll download cumulative data at the end of the week to run an analysis on it; or,
- a smart phone app that you access online via your PC of phone (for those with iOS or Android phones).
We take care of installation. Both monitors require access to your electricity meter so we can attach the special clip that tracks electricity use. And the smart phone app needs a broadband router that is always on, so the data can be uploaded. No alterations to your house wiring are needed. We have a special monitor for houses with solar PV.
The plug-in meter is even easier to use provided the power cord on your kettle, fridge, hair dryer or other appliance is accessible. It plugs into the power socket, and you plug the appliance into the meter – and it tracks the energy being used. It’s a good way of spotting an inefficient fridge and other electricity guzzlers.
Making sense of it all
In order to understand your consumption pattern, we will ask you to keep a diary of when you use different appliances – the more detailed this is, the better our analysis will be. After a week we will collect the metering devices and have a chat about what you’ve discovered, and a bit later you’ll receive a short summary of how we think you can reduce your electricity consumption.
We’ll be collecting results from different households, so you can learn how your consumption compares with others. Here’s a list of top tips on electricity savings from what we’ve learned so far, plus our fact sheet on LED lighting – which is one easiest ways to save energy.
So who are the Power Rangers?
It’s Malcolm, Jeremy, Geoff, Mike and Di – all local volunteers, and longstanding members of the Steyning 10:10 Group. So you’ll be getting independent advice from Greening Campaign enthusiasts rather than the hard sell from an energy company or installer.
There’s no charge for the service, but we ask for a £5 deposit for the loan of the meters. You might like to make a small donation at the end to support our work if you think the information you’ve picked up is useful – it’s up to you!
The Power Rangers will have some ID, and can provide references if needed. If you live on your own, feel free to invite a friend or family member to be with you. And if you’ve read this far, don’t worry – we don’t wear garish jumpsuits or have special powers – but we’re working on it!
How do I sign up?
Interested? Then contact us at SteyningPowerRangers@gmail.com and we will get back to you with some possible dates.