Product Type: British Gas gadgets
Newest Review: ... easy to follow. I began by setting my electricity tariff, which I found this on the British Gas site, into the display unit. I also se... more
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British Gas EnergySmart Electricty Monitor
Member Name: newby2
British Gas EnergySmart Electricty Monitor
Advantages: helps cut back
==British Gas Energy Smart Electricity Monitor==
A couple of years ago when I was a British Gas customer (I have since switched over to duel fuel from Southern Electric) I was paying monthly and had signed up to their new (at the time) Energy Smart tariff. I was keen to be on this tariff because of getting this electricity monitor sent to me for free.
==What is the Monitor==
The monitor as its name would suggest is a little device which enables the user to see how much electricity that they are using at any one time and over a period in their property. It is a power operated device which came with all the power leads and information needed to plug it in and get yourself up and running to check on your energy consumption.
As well as the display unit which gets plugged in (and thus uses electricity itself so will up your usage slightly) there is a wireless transmitter that needs to be sat next to your electricity meter.
This transmitter does require 3 batteries which British Gas were kind enough to include with the package.
The transmitter has a clip attached to it which will need attaching around one of the cables that comes from your electricity mains. This is how the usage is worked out and sent from the transmitter to the display unit.
==Setting up the Monitor==
At first I thought it was going to be a little tricky to set up all the necessary details but there was a little instruction booklet included with the set which gave step by step clear details on how to get the whole system up and running and I found this simple to follow and really well set out.
As well as setting up all the hardware such as the wireless unit and the display unit by plugging the necessary things in you will also need to input a few digital pieces of information into the display monitor. This again was easy to do as the booklet guided me through every step.
The date and time needed inputting as well as my current electricity tariff and you can also programme the unit to have a daily usage target. Although I in putted a daily target this is not really something I was too interested in as surely using the least possible electricity is my main target.
As soon as I had my tariff put into the monitor it was able to display the current rate of electricity I was using. There is an option to have this displayed as either kW per hour, CO2 made per hour or of course pounds per hour.
I can't see anyone wanting the unit to show anything other than the actual cost to them per hour and so this is what I kept it set at so I could see how much money was being burnt up in power at any one time. It would really mean nothing to me to see the kW per hour or the CO2 I am using but I do speak the language of money!
Not only can the display screen show the cost at the current time but in smaller digital numbers along the bottom of the screen it will show the cost of your daily consumption too which is also handy to know although the main digits are the current usage ones and to be fair these are the ones I look at most often.
The device has a clear and large enough display screen that enables you to look at the product quickly and get the information you need without having to squint or concentrate too much. The look of the product is not too offensive and sits nicely in the front room and doesn't look overly out of place.
This little unit is fantastic and really does go to help you cut back on your electricity usage. I must admit to not having it up and running at the moment due to the fact that I think that once you have been using it for a year or so you really do get used to knowing what is costing you the money and thus turning things off and generally getting into the habit of using less power.
I think in the first few months of using the Energy Saving Unit I really did go overboard as it was a little heart breaking to see how much having a certain light on is costing you. I hate paying out large household bills and I was pleased to see that my bills are now really very low and I would put this fact down to using this little unit.
Of course there is always going to be electrical items that you need to have on and things can't be cut back to drastically but by just seeing how much things cost it really is a wake up call and I would challenge any one to have a unit such as this and not want to turn things off and cut back on general power usage.
This little box really has saved me a ton of money and woken me up to how to cut back on power which is not just good for my pocket but also good for the environment too! For this reason I feel that this product has got to be a top scoring item and I am more than happy to give it a 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Summary: a great item to help you save £££s