To many of us, and that’s me included, our energy bills can sometimes feel like a thing of mystery. Seemingly deliberately complicated so that we, the consumer, haven’t a clue what we are paying for and how this energy may have been used.
Energy consumption is measured in kWh, which is easy enough to understand, but what electrical appliances use the most power and how can we change our behaviour to save energy and ultimately save money?
To help in my quest for understanding and to share my findings with you, I’ve been kindly sent a Smart Energy Kit from the lovely people at Onzo to trial.
The Smart Energy Kit is a next generation energy-saving device which helps you to track how much electricity you’re using in your home and approximately how much you’re paying for it.
The Onzo Smart Energy Kit arrived neatly packed in a fully recyclable cardboard package with the funky printed message ‘Explore, Learn, Save’ on the front. Once open, I used the ‘quick start’ guide to set up the equipment, which was simplicity itself, and in less than 15 minutes the unit was completely set up and already providing real time information regarding the electricity being consumed in our home.
Once set up the fun begins! Curiousity immediately kicks in and it was fascinating to see on the easy-to-read digital display, the effect switching off unnecessary items had on the quantity of electricity being used and on the flip side quite scary watching the reading shoot up when something like the kettle is switched on!
A great feature of the Onzo is that information entered from your electricity bill during the set up process is used to give a guide to the cost of the electricity you are using.
Now that we are set up, the clever Onzo will evaluate our energy consumption over the next few days and then begin to give us targets for total daily consumption, warnings when our usage is exceptionally high and when the National Grid is under highest demand. Included in the pack is a chart to plot your energy saving progress week by week and next time I’ll let you know how we’ve been getting on.
If you would like more information regarding the Onzo Smart Energy Kit visit www.onzo.com kits are available online with prices around £70.00. Although not cheap, looking at the way the kit is already making my family think about what appliances are on and reminding us to switch things off standby etc., I’m convinced the kit would quickly pay for itself.
Come back soon to read part two of my review where I’ll be reporting back on how I’m getting on and hopefully give you a rough idea on how much I’ve saved to date.
To read our review of the AlertMe Smart Energy Kit, take a look here.