A Meter of Life and Death
Metering is the bread and butter of energy management, without it, we cannot even begin to understand what, when and how much we use; to manage energy, you need to understand your usage, and to do this, you must have sight of consumption. The scale of the task, in delivering accurate metering to domestic and commercial users, is the sheer diversity of meters, from old turbine and bellows type gas meters, to the latest digital Smart ones.
SMART Meters – Anything but! – The problems with Smart metering:
- Inaccurate (Less than 30% are accurate, with some as much as 400% over-reporting).
- Cannot be fitted on sites with common supplies such as blocks of flats.
- Restrict competition by dissuading users to change suppliers due to incompatible technology between users.
Data – With accurate data, patterns can be identified, to show how much, when, and why energy is used, which allows the energy manager to predict future usage and identify potential efficiency savings. But this only works if the data is good and as energy managers, we do not deal with guesswork – our mantra is facts, not opinions.