Save Money and the Environment with Electricity, Gas and Water Meters
by Jen Hicks
We should all be doing our “bit” to save energy and in turn save the environment.
Household attitudes to energy conservation and the environment vary considerably. Whether it’s due to people purely not caring, not having enough time, being miss informed or through laziness that they don’t recycle or do not do not conserve energy resources for example.
Saving energy and conserving water in the home are very easy practices but with plentiful water and electricity on demand, we often forget these are not sustainable resources and do cost money.
The economic downturn has hit just about everyone. Of course is varying amounts but what each and every one of us are noticing is the rise in fuel bills especially during the last two harsh Winters experienced in the United Kingdom. Monthly bills can be seen, the rising costs month on month felt.
Whatever way a household conserves and saves energy and water is good and for whatever reason. For example, replacing an inefficient shower head with a high flow rate to a water efficient one could save a family of four in the region of £50 off their gas bills and around £75 off their water bills each year. That is a quite considerable saving of both resources and money. And why waste time waiting for a full kettle of water to boil when only a cup full is required. Only filling the kettle with the amount of water required saves electricity, water and time.
An easy way to monitor and save electricity, gas and water is by installing meters. Water, electricity and gas meters installations are on the rise with households and businesses wanting to monitor consumption which in turn, helps achieve lower bills. Electricity usage can be tracked to find out when and with what products use the most energy. These pieces of equipment or appliances could be used in a different way to lower energy consumption or may be even replaced with more energy efficient items.
Gas, water and electricity meters are quick and easy to install alongside an existing circuit or gas system various different models can be found to suit different household requirements and set ups. A brief summary of the main types of household gas and electricity types can be found below:
Pulse Output - A pulse output is a relay contact (more often that not an electronic relay) inside the meter that closes momentarily when the meter advances it energy register. By connecting this up to either a BMS (building Management System) or an Energy management system the remote equipment can count the pulses and in turn display the same reading as the meter remotely.
Communications - Unlike pulses with a more intelligent system where a dedicated communication protocol is used, the meter is asked by the remote system for the readings out of its internal registers. This means that if the meter fails to respond then an alarm can be raised straight away. Not only that but any register/ value in the meter can be read remotely such as current, voltage, power factor, frequency, instantaneous power as well as the energy register displays.
Analogues Outputs and Alarms - Some Electricity Meters have analogue outputs which can be programmed to give a 4-20mA or similar in sympathy with the amount of instantaneous power being consumed. Other Electricity Meters have alarm outputs which can be programmed to signal various conditions.
Diaphragm Gas Flow Meters - These gas meters are the cheapest way of monitoring gas usage. We are able to supply these gas meters with or without a pulse output which would be used for connection into a building management or energy management system for remote data collection and reporting.
Turbine Gas Flow Meters - These gas flow meters are more expensive than the diaphragm variant. They also come with a battery powered electronic display and pulse output which would be used for connection into a building management or energy management system for remote data collection and reporting. These meters would generally be used for natural gas applications although some can be used on pipe work carrying different gases.
So the combination of thought and the installation of gas meter, water and electricity meters, a household can keep on top of bills, costings and their respect for their precious environment.
Thank you Jen for sharing your extensive knowledge on energy conservation. You have provided some excellent information that can benefit us all. These are excellent eco friendly living tips! We can all do our part to help the environment, conserve precious resources and help the earth - and save money at the same time. Thanks!