When I was at my parents' house recently I noticed their old gas and electric meter boxes which are situated under their stairs. At the time I did think what was going to happen to all these boxes once smart meters have been installed in homes. If you didn't already know every home in Great Britain between now and 2020 will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to gas and electric smart meters. This means that over 53 million new meters will be installed in homes up and down the country by your energy supplier at no extra cost.
Of of the major benefits of smart meters is that the portable in-home display enables the customer to see in near real time how much energy they are using and the true cost in a language that we all understand – pounds and pence. The smart meter sends your meter readings to your supplier meaning no more estimated bills meaning you pay exactly for what you use. This gives the scope for a customer to think about reducing their energy consumption to save not only money but some of the world's resources. So what all those redundant gas and electric meters? I present to you The Meters Collection!
To mark the coming of the control that smart meters bring three lovely bloggers have taken the inner workings of an old analogue electricity meter. Together they have been working with North London boutique jeweller Tomfoolery to upcycle the components into stylish pieces of jewellery known as The Meters Collection.
The pieces have been created by Aftab at Fresh and Fearless, Taislany Gomes and Kat from Tales of a Pale Face. To celebrate the launch of The Meters Collection each of the bloggers are giving away five pieces of their creations to their readers. All you have to do is pop over to their blog and tell them one of the benefits of smart meters (I may have mentioned some above!) and you will be entered into the draw just in time for Christmas. The competitions run from 9am on Wednesday 30th November 2016 through to midnight on Sunday 18th December 2016. The giveaway is open to anyone of any age who lives in England, Scotland and Wales.