Monthly Archives: March 2013

Current Cost GaSmart is finally here! But what are they? And how do they work?

Designed to monitor your Gas usage, these handy little devices read “impulses” from your gas meters. In most gas meters across the UK a small magnet is housed inside the meter which spins around according to your usage (e.g. 1 revolution per .1m3). Our GaSmart readers monitor each time the magnet passes within a given time frame and converts that into usable information. The readers are designed for ease of use with the my.currentcost.com Dashboard, connected to this using a NetSmart Bridge, will allow you to see what  your meter reading is. The work on the same OptiSmart transmitter we already have out. The reader will plug into the transmitter and clip onto your meter, once paired up the device will be ready to go.

We offer two standard types of GaSmart reader, optimised for your type of meter and a 3rd available for meters with a direct connection. Information on GaSmart technology, meter compatibility and purchase details can be found at http://www.currentcost.com/gasmart.html

The Current Cost GaSmart, which includes; GaSmart Reader, Connection Cable, and Transmitter costs £34.95 + P&P

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Calling time on my garage based fridge freezer

Like many, my new year’s resolution was to drop some pounds, needless to say I quickly failed in this aim….until last week when I saw the light  (energy saving bulb of course)! I realised I was concerned about the wrong type of pounds, maybe it was time to worry less about the content of my fridge freezer and its calorific value and concentrate on how many pounds I had added to my bill to keep it cold!

We’ve all done it, bought a new, modern, A-rated fridge freezer to replace the old, shabby one, but instead of throwing it out our old one takes pride of place in the garage. A vintage appliance museum in my case! Thus, a new resolution was born. Using one of our Individual Appliance Monitors it was time to find out if it cost me more to keep my fridge freezer running than its content was actually worth.

Think about it; fridges freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it’s no surprise they can be the one of largest contributors to your energy bill, especially when you have several.  And size does matter! Obviously the bigger the appliance the more it will cost to run. I’m really starting to wonder what value my 6ft, old, garage based fridge freezer adds to my life!

At over 15 years old, it’s had a good old life; originally my parents, it was handed down when they bought a replacement and now it may be replaced by its second owner…. me! Its cracked seals mean it runs continuously and for what, to keep the veg not quite past its sell by date cold for another week before I finally throw it away!!???

Now on a mission a little research taught me many fridge freezers aren’t even capable of running properly if the temperature around it drops too low. A Climate Class Rating (new to me) can tell appliance owners the minimum and maximum temp they can operate in. I for one have no idea how cold my garage gets…. it’s often too cold for me to venture into it to find out J

The jury is out. Over 15 years old, broken, empty and placed in an environment its not even designed for, I’m getting rid! Surely, the money I could save by doing so will finance the cost of buying a new one…. let’s see.

The Current Cost IAM allows users to monitor individual appliances around the home. Compatible with TREC, ENVI and EnviR energy monitors this small, easy to use device will allow me to see exactly how much my fridge freezer is using and more importantly costing me per day/month.  Using a Current Cost NetSmart device I am also able to visually track and graph all this information online; so let’s get started.

A month on and I’m a little obsessed! I now have several IAMs around my home and to my partners angst I check what I’m using and how much it’s costing after every cup of tea, washing cycle or blow dry. It’s strangely addictive and hugely rewarding knowing I’m reducing my electricity bills all the time. My findings are now a topic of conversation with anyone who will listen, my greatest lesson… “How much does your fridge freezer cost you to run?” In my case, TOO MUCH!

Because of its age, condition and capacity it ran all day long using on average 3.72 kWh every 24hrs.  Based on a kWh costing 13p, my fridge freezer cost me on average £176.51 per year.  I could buy a new A+ rated fridge freezer offering better energy efficiency with a rate of return of 12months 1 week! That was enough evidence for me; I pulled the plug and my purse felt immediately heavier for it. After some thought I also decided not to replace it. The few rotting vegetables and ancient microwave meals just weren’t worth it. My fridge freezer may now be gone but a valuable lesson will never be forgotten!

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