British Gas are on a mission to make their customers, including myself, more energy conscious. They have designed a new game, the Smart Meter Maze Game, to show us how to save energy in a fun way. Read on to find out how I found playing the game. I’ve also included a list of 7 ways to save energy to help you conserve more electricity too.
Playing the Smart Meter Maze Game
The Smart Meter Maze Game is a simple 2 dimensional maze game (it reminded me of the Spectrum’s retro “Oh Mummy” game that I used to play). The aim of the game is to locate and switch off as many of the energy draining appliances as you can spot faster than the teenagers switching them back on again (sound familiar?). You can collect bonus points for picking up appliances on the way (if you can get to them fast enough!). The game is easily controlled by using the arrow keys and I soon got into it and aimed to win against the teenagers. My overall score was 217500. If you like, you can challenge me to a game and pop your score in the comments below.
How the Game Mirrors Real Life
The Smart Meter Maze Game is very much like a real life game- the race to save energy. It does feel a battle running all around the home making sure appliances are turned off. I have to admit that I leave appliances turned on almost as much as our teenager and kids. I have recently developed a bad habit of taking my phone off charge but leaving the charger plugged in.
How a Smart Meter Can Help You Save Energy
A smart meter can help you to see exactly where you’re spending the most energy so you can make steps to save energy. Seeing which appliances use the most electric can remind you to use them only when needed. A smart meter is a useful visual tool for children to see how they can help save energy in the home too which benefits the environment and all of us in the long run.
British Gas are participating in the smart meters roll out government scheme. They are offering smart meters to all customers by 2020. Smart meters will improve the accuracy of bills. They also allow customers to see their energy use in currency which could help encourage people to turn appliances off and save energy.
7 Ways to Save Energy
Saving energy in the home is important for the environment. Here are 7 ways to help you save energy:
1. Let’s start with a cuppa!
Only fill the kettle and boil the amount of water that you actually need. Now when the whole family is home in our house that means we really do use a kettle full of water to fill our tea pot. However during the day when I’m alone I only need to boil enough water for one cup at a time- it saves time waiting for the kettle to boil too and over a year saves a lot of energy.
2. A Light-bulb Moment!
We all know that it’s best to use energy saving light-bulbs but remember it’s still important to turn off the lights in any rooms that you’re not using. If you want to arrive home to a welcoming light use a timer.
3. Turn It Down
During our warmer weather there is no need for heating but even during the winter months many families can save energy by turning the thermostat down a degree.
Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Some appliances are still using energy when plugged in (like the phone charger I mentioned above!).
5. Keep Cool
Load your fridge and freezer as quickly as possible and only open the doors when needed. Every time the doors are open they use more energy (I always remind the kids this in supermarkets too. Choose your desired frozen food before you open the door).
6. Less Laundry
Don’t put the wash on until you have a full load. I’ve heard families advised to only do one weekly wash but large families will usually find they need to do more than one a week. Just remember to make sure you wait for a full load and use an economy wash to save energy.
7. Hanging Out
Save energy by drying your clothes outside on the line (this has been so much easier to do during the recent heatwave). Avoid drying your clothes on the radiator as this makes your boiler have to work harder and use more energy. In the UK it can be difficult to dry your clothes outdoors all year around. Some homeowners invest in a porch or awning area to keep the clothes dry. Just by drying clothes outdoors on the dry days you will be saving energy.
What are your top tips for saving energy? Have you played the Smart Meter Maze Game? How did you get on? Let me know in the comments below.
This post is a promotional feature in association with British Gas® but all thoughts are honest and my own.