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    • darren72
    • By darren72 17th Nov 08, 7:31 PM
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    darren72
    Free Electricity Monitor - Which Electric Provider ?
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    • 17th Nov 08, 7:31 PM
    Free Electricity Monitor - Which Electric Provider ? 17th Nov 08 at 7:31 PM
    I remember seeing that some energy providers were offering free electric monitors, and now I cannot find which ones offered this.

    Does anyone have any ideas ?

    Thanks
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  • brysiewysie
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    • 17th Nov 08, 7:43 PM
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    • 17th Nov 08, 7:43 PM
    Eon do via their Energy Saver tariff (there is a discontinuation fee if you leave early).

    I'm sure there's others.
    • 1carminestocky
    • By 1carminestocky 18th Nov 08, 7:12 AM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 7:12 AM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 7:12 AM
    Wouldn't it be better to buy one separately for circa £35, leaving you free to then sign up to the company/tariff that is cheapest for you?
  • amcluesent
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    • 18th Nov 08, 11:31 AM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 11:31 AM
    >Wouldn't it be better to buy one separately for circa £35<

    Loads of the plug-in units on Ebay for less than a tenner. I wouldn't choose my supplier based on this offer.
    Last edited by amcluesent; 18-11-2008 at 11:34 AM.
  • basmic
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    • 18th Nov 08, 12:27 PM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 12:27 PM
    >Wouldn't it be better to buy one separately for circa £35<

    Loads of the plug-in units on Ebay for less than a tenner. I wouldn't choose my supplier based on this offer.
    Originally posted by amcluesent
    I think the OP means an electricity monitor which clamps onto the cables near your meter.
    • 1carminestocky
    • By 1carminestocky 18th Nov 08, 12:34 PM
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    • #6
    • 18th Nov 08, 12:34 PM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 12:34 PM
    I think the OP means an electricity monitor which clamps onto the cables near your meter.
    Originally posted by basmic

    Agreed, hence my 'circa £35' comment. Get on the wrong tariff for your usage and you can easily overspend by £35 PER MONTH so my theory is it's not a great idea to choose your supplier/tariff based on a £35 'freebie' that has T&Cs attached to it if you leave...
  • Premier
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    • 18th Nov 08, 12:38 PM
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    • 18th Nov 08, 12:38 PM
    I remember seeing that some energy providers were offering free electric monitors, and now I cannot find which ones offered this.

    Does anyone have any ideas ?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by darren72
    SSE better plan
    http://www.southernenergytips.co.uk/betterplan.aspx
  • shinjukumaster
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    • 19th Nov 08, 1:45 PM
    Electricity monitor for remote meter
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    • 19th Nov 08, 1:45 PM
    I think the OP means an electricity monitor which clamps onto the cables near your meter.
    Originally posted by basmic
    We have a remote meter (its away in a cupboard), then the main cable comes into our flat. Would those meters still work if the sensor was fitted on the cable not nearby the meter itself?
  • rboy
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    • 21st Nov 08, 10:19 PM
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    • 21st Nov 08, 10:19 PM
    We have a remote meter (its away in a cupboard), then the main cable comes into our flat. Would those meters still work if the sensor was fitted on the cable not nearby the meter itself?
    Originally posted by shinjukumaster
    Yeah, they still work... the one on better plan (Southern Electric, etc) has a little clamp that goes round one of the cables from your meter and into a little box. That box then sends a wireless signal to the display unit which you can plug in in just about any room in your property and see your energy usage. It also has a neat bar-graph feature which shows your average day/evening/night use. Hope that helps!
    • 1carminestocky
    • By 1carminestocky 21st Nov 08, 10:45 PM
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    The Daily Mail/Owl/British Gas wireless energy monitors have started landing on people's mats - expect to see some real bargains on ebay shortly!
  • gazza975526570
    The Daily Mail/Owl/British Gas wireless energy monitors have started landing on people's mats - expect to see some real bargains on ebay shortly!
    Originally posted by 1carminestocky
    ive been waiting for this - hopefully ebay prices will come down as no movement over the last month or so

    Are the plug in ones available anywhere cheap still?
  • Premier
    ...Are the plug in ones available anywhere cheap still?
    Originally posted by gazza975526570
    Still available in many Lidl stores around here for £6.99

    I think everyone who wanted one must have bought theirs from Aldi who beat Lidl to the offer. Aldi sold out very rapidly but Lidl can't seem to shift their stock of them.
  • liverpoollad75
    We have a remote meter (its away in a cupboard), then the main cable comes into our flat. Would those meters still work if the sensor was fitted on the cable not nearby the meter itself?
    Originally posted by shinjukumaster
    I borrowed one from my friend and placed the transmitter in the meter cupboard and put the unit in my flat and it didnt receive the signal :-(
    • Wickedkitten
    • By Wickedkitten 13th Oct 09, 6:38 PM
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    I borrowed one from my friend and placed the transmitter in the meter cupboard and put the unit in my flat and it didnt receive the signal :-(
    Originally posted by liverpoollad75
    You probably need to pair it
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  • digimate
    Hiya

    Re your post, i ordered one from the british gas website for my mum (shes with scottish hydro), you dont need to be supplied by them. sorry dont have the link for it but im pretty sure i found in in the MSE forums page of: Freebies, no spend required.

    My mum received hers within a week.

    Hope this helps!!

    Dee
    • uptomyeyeballs
    • By uptomyeyeballs 16th Oct 09, 1:42 PM
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    It's really interesting to check out the kW for each of your household appliances. You may get some surprises.
    • timmmers
    • By timmmers 16th Oct 09, 2:32 PM
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    Search the freebies boaord...I applied for a kit last week and just got it...from BG when i'm not their customer

    Don't search it's here :-
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1809675

    The pack arrived today and just the standby part is worth having as it's a 5 socket extension too. The monitor is wireless and even comes with batteries which is nice

    good luck

    t
  • URSPINTU
    E.on are giving away a FREE ENERGY MONITOR
    • SALOPMAN
    • By SALOPMAN 24th Jul 10, 12:21 AM
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    SALOPMAN
    We got the EON Free Monitor - its quite eye opening what you use
    Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
  • Marcusp
    Read the meter yourself people
    Not everyone has their electricity meter sitting in their living room. Your meter could be outside, not easily accessable, locked in a cupboard where you have to ask someone for a key, people at a bus stop watching you read your meter, you cannot see it all the time, etc.

    Whereas with the monitor you connect the transmitter to a mains cable next to your meter or even your consumer unit and have the monitor in an easily accessable place such as next to your computer. Or even in the lounge.

    Then you can see at a glance how much electricity you are using and don't have to go downstairs to check if any lights have been left on when your wife goes to her bed.

    I have a spare bedroom where my computer is, it used to be called the computer room, now it is THE COMMAND CENTER.

    It is also more convenient to read compared to the electricity meter outside when it is raining. Who wants to go outside every 5 minutes to read their meter?

    Also when I am in my bed during the night my electricity consumtion is 200 watts per hour. I even have a graph on my computer showing me that.

    I also know what it is so do not need posters posting on here with suggestions on how it is too high and how to get it down.
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