Customers who want to switch energy deals to receive cheap electricity bills might be interested to hear that an energy monitoring device is able to cut power usage by around 20 per cent.
In a trial run by researchers at Edinburgh Napier University, 65 households were fitted with a Ewgeco real-time monitor that displays traffic light colours depending on how much energy is being used at the time.
Almost all (94 per cent) of the domestic energy users involved in the trial said they felt the device made them more aware of the amount of energy they were using, while nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) said the monitor allowed them to reduce their usage.
John Currie, director of the Scottish Energy Centre at the university, commented: "Our findings demonstrate that in-house utility displays can offer a tangible means of energy reduction by enabling behavioural change.
"With the introduction of smart metering technologies in all homes in the UK by 2020, it is imperative that such devices be linked with easy-to-understand interactive user displays if national energy reduction targets are to be realised," he added.
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