Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The uses of meters

So now that we know what the different types of meters are, what are some of the ways you can use this information?

1) If you are building a house consider what you can put on a controlled meter.  Put anything that you don't mind going off for 4 hours at a time.  Consider your hot water cylinder (obviously), washing machine, driers, and dishwashers.  These high end appliances are expensive to run, but you can afford them to turn off for 4 hours at a time.  If your house is built to achieve this you do have to change internal wiring which can be expensive.

2) If you have a night store heater, ensure you are on a night meter for this.

3) If you have a day/night meter, call up your electricity company and get them to calculate if you would pay less on an economy meter.  Your electricity company can calculate this for you right there and then.

4) Check the meter types before moving into a new property (particularly if renting), having controlled hot water will save you about $20 a month.  If it doesn't see if you can get a discount from the landlord.

5) If you find you have no hot water in the evening in winter, get your hot water off controlled power.

6) If you use a lot of electricity across the night consider going onto a night/day meter.

7) If you have a prepay meter - change now.  See our earlier blog post on why this is so.

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