Stephen hears about technology that helps people understand and reduce their energy use

Stephen joined staff from British Gas at a recent parliamentary reception.

Innovation: Stephen is pictured with British Gas engineer Vicky Charles.

Innovation: Stephen is pictured with British Gas engineer Vicky Charles.

British Gas – which employs 549 people from Cardiff South and Penarth and has its local headquarters in the constituency – held the ‘Innovation Reception’ in Westminster to highlight the use of smart meters and other technology that is helping people understand and reduce their energy use.

Smart meters can be placed anywhere in the home to display in pounds and pence how much gas and electricity is being used, helping people to be more efficient.

Stephen also saw the smart thermostat, Hive Active Heating, which lets customers control their heating and hot water remotely from a smartphone, tablet and laptop.

“The British Gas Innovation Reception provided a terrific insight into how new technology is helping my constituents become more aware of energy use and how they can manage their bills,” he said.

Vicky Charles, a Smart Energy Expert for British Gas, added: “Whether it’s discovering how energy efficient the fridge is, or the cost of using the tumble dryer; or if it’s being able to turn the heating off without getting out of bed, our customers are excited about these new technologies.  They make life easier and can save you money on your energy bills.”

More information is available at britishgas.co.uk/smarter-living.html

 

 

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