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British Gas smart meter reviewer feedback thread - Month 2. Non testers: Share your pet peeves on wasting energy in your household for a chance to win £100 JL voucher. NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 25-Oct-13 11:23:55

This thread is for the 3 Mumsnetters and 2 Mumsnet Bloggers who are testing the British Gas smart meters in their home.

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

Everyone who adds a comment to this thread by 22nd November will be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

Month 2: Day and Night

This month we're focusing on the energy you use at certain times of day. As you've had smart meters for a couple of months now you should be able to see the history of your consumption over this time using one of two ways:

1 If you’ve received a Smart Energy Report this will show your pattern of consumption.
2 By looking at your historical use data on the smart energy monitor.

Below are a few questions for you to answer but please also add any other comments you may have to the thread.

• When do you and your family consume the most energy?
• Challenge each family member to change the time they use at least one appliance (gas or electricity) - please tell us which family member chose what, and how they’re going to change the times at which this is used
• How did you and your family find making these changes? Was it easy to adapt to or not?
• Do you use your smart energy monitor more now than when you first had smart meters installed, or less?

Thanks and good luck,


PS You can see how the testers got on with the first challenge here.

OddSockMonster Fri 25-Oct-13 14:48:18

Hi Katie - could I ask about the changing times thing please?

I'm not quite sure how exactly as almost all our appliances are used for a purpose specific to a time of day, e.g. for cooking meals, heating water prior to baths / showers, and central heating for a blast in the morning and the evening (which we'll no doubt change to suit the weather). Other appliances are simply when we want to watch TV, use the computer or make a cup of tea etc, which are also suited to certain times of the day.

The dishwasher and washing machine both have a timer so we could set them to night time, but then there's no standard time they're on during the day to compare against.

If you could clarify a little that would be great, and I'll put in the other feedback bits when we have a slightly longer history on our gas meter.

SalBeautyMoll Fri 25-Oct-13 14:52:30

I usually realise dd has left the immersion heater on overnight when I virtually scald myself from the hot tap washing up, (happened this morning).

Great that she remembers to turn it on when she has her twenty minute shower but the waste of money irritates me when she forgets to switch it off.

AGnu Fri 25-Oct-13 15:21:31

My DH is supposed to be organising for the boilerman to come install a thermostat. I've been telling him for 2.5 years that we should have one but he's only just decided that it's necessary since he happened to be home when the boilerman last came. Suddenly it was "hey, we'd save so much energy if we had a thermostat - the boilerman said so!" hmm That was a month ago & he's still not rung him despite knowing that he's really busy so we'll probably have to wait a while anyway!

We also have dodgy double glazing that we can't afford to fix & DH insists on washing up in scaldingly hot water, leaving everything to soak unnecessarily & rinsing everything very thoroughly. Oh, & don't even get me started on the fact that we're currently running our PC 24-7 because it has problems starting up & DH is dragging his feet on helping to choose a new one!

We could probably afford to fix the windows if I just did everything myself... wink

OddSockMonster Fri 25-Oct-13 15:55:21

I've just thought, is the challenge about the length of time we use various appliances rather than the time of day (which is how I read it)?

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 25-Oct-13 19:05:26

Every blooming light is on in this house again! Really annoys me. Grrr.

sharond101 Fri 25-Oct-13 20:57:34

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

DH takes a shower and then opens all the windows, forgets and turns the heating up full blast, Then forgets about that and we go to bed and roast all night.

LegoCaltrops Fri 25-Oct-13 23:02:47

It really bugs me DH puts a load of washing on while I'm at work & then forgets to take it out, so it needs re-washing. Then he does it again. Waste of money, bad for the environment, annoys the wife! Surely a grown man should realise that washing needs to be hung up...

We are fairly good for not leaving appliances on charge or stand-by. I Both of us used to do this but we're a lot better now.

I read somewhere that if you can turn your electric oven off at the wall, it can save a lot of energy, I forget the percentage but it was surprisingly high. DH never bothers. Grr.

AndHarry Sat 26-Oct-13 09:43:31

Non-tester. I hate it when DH leaves sockets switched on when things aren't in use. I go round switching off the TV, unplugging phone chargers etc., tutting like the village gossip.

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BadlyWrittenPoem Sat 26-Oct-13 15:30:59

I hate it when DH leaves the front door open for ages instead of pulling it to while he's not going through it.

HootyMcOwlface Sat 26-Oct-13 21:23:08

Our bathroom taps have been dripping for ages, so annoying, but my DH has not got round to fixing them yet. Having the hot tap dripping is even worse in terms of wasting energy and I don't want to think what its cost us.. Hmmm, I'll ask him about it again tonight.

RubyRR Sat 26-Oct-13 23:21:53

DD opens her window in the morning if she feels her room is too warm, radiator battling away to heat the room, open your door a bit and share the heat!

StainlessSteelCat Sun 27-Oct-13 10:04:12

the jumper wars ... I turn the thermostat down a degree and put on a jumper, DP turns it up again so he doesn't have to ....

electrical things left on. lights, TV, Wii, cable box, toys, the noise gets to me as much as the waste.

having to use tumble dryer. we're fighting a battle with condensation so I don't like drying on clothes horse, have problems using them and garden doesn't work for it. one day ....

DanielHellHoundMcSpaniel Sun 27-Oct-13 10:30:53

DH switches the towel heater on half an hour before his shower and then forgets to switch it off again afterwards. Cue me walking into a blast furnace shower room first thing in the morning. Other than that its just minor stuff like leaving the baby monitor plugged in all the time, listening to the radio while the tv picture is left on so he can watch the racing etc.

I can't talk though, I left the loft light on for a month without realising.

Fumnudge Sun 27-Oct-13 11:02:39

Non tester. H insists on clothes bring dried in the tumble dryer, even if it's lovely weather or the heating's on. Spoilt upbringing, his mum never had a clothes line!

OPeaches Sun 27-Oct-13 11:04:59

My kids go around the house switching on every light, especially now it's getting dark in the evenings. Whenever I go around and switch them all off again, the kids are right behind me putting them in again. Gaaah!

We have solar PV, so my pet peeve is DH putting the dishwasher on overnight when we pay for power.
I would run it in the morning when we're generating power to run it for free.

Turnipvontrapp Sun 27-Oct-13 11:48:40

Overfill the kettle, put dryer on too long, leave lights on, doors open. Am sure there are plenty more too!

Turnipvontrapp Sun 27-Oct-13 11:50:04

And leave everything on standby, forgot that one.

starlight36 Sun 27-Oct-13 12:03:51

Non tester

Lights unnecessarily left on. All electrical items on stand by. Electric heater used instead of putting another jumper on.

Like others the current damp / wet weather has meant we are increasingly using the tumble dryer. Our bills were so much lower over the Spring / Summer when I could dry things outside.

574ejones Sun 27-Oct-13 13:37:04

Non tester. I find myself going round the whole house turning lights and appliances off, as my children turn them on and leave them on. I have found the TV on and no one watching before. Grrr!

BlackberrySeason Sun 27-Oct-13 13:38:30

My worst nightmare is our immersion heater sad

BlackberrySeason Sun 27-Oct-13 13:38:57

Am a non tester!

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Sun 27-Oct-13 14:02:11

My pet peeve is DH wasting energy at every opportunity. In winter he goes out to the bin and leaves the front door open every time, he leaves lights and televisions on in empty rooms, he showers for far too long, he forgets to turn the oven off, he heats the whole house when he's working at home alone. It's willfully wasteful and annoys the hell out of me.

Tianc Sun 27-Oct-13 14:39:41

OddSockMonster, BG's "challenge" really is Please change the time of day you use your appliances.

This is one of the key ultimate goals of Smart Meters.

The utility companies are planning to introduce Time Of Use pricing, where they charge more at peak times, such as evening when everyone's cooking or morning when we're showering.

They need Smart Meters to record how much electricity we use in each specific half hour (or shorter interval), so that they can do this.

Eventually, their aim is that smart sockets or smart appliances talking to the smart meter will actually switch themselves off during peak periods. So your washing machine or tumble drier or fridge will switch off mid-cycle until the utility company decides the peak is over.

This is because it's inconvenient for them to produce more electricity to meet peaks in demand, so they'd rather tell us to stop demanding.

Sadly, I'm not a green-crayon-scribbling conspiracy theorist; the Dept of Energy & Climate Change has had this in train for years. For more info, and lots of DECC documents, check out my thread: Anyone having a gas/leccy meter replaced with a Smart Meter? Something you need to know

dahville Sun 27-Oct-13 16:21:58

Non-tester here - my pet peeves are long showers and opening the window for fresh air when the heat is on!

OddSockMonster Sun 27-Oct-13 19:45:16

Thank you Tianc, that's very interesting! Some bedtime reading there I think.

Still don't know how we're going to do the challenge - routine's been a saviour with our two excitable children, and I'm really not willing to give up my morning shower, tea & toast, even though there's definitely a morning electricity peak. Will have to think about that.

Steffanoid Sun 27-Oct-13 21:31:47

my biggest pet peeve which I am slightly guilty of doing myself is that the tv and sky box get left on when we go upstairs, oh and we have a laptop running all night because I can't sleep in the quiet blush

magentastardust Sun 27-Oct-13 21:48:41

Non tester-I have turned into my dad. Things that he used to do and I used to roll my eyes about at him I now do.

Follow everyone around switching light switches off behind them and turning the heating down!

Appliances often get left on or left plugged in , I try not to use the tumble dryer much but as the winter weather comes in it is more difficult.

CheeryCherry Sun 27-Oct-13 22:02:25

Non tester... I get irritated by lights being left on, TV not being watched, the TV can only be left on standby as its so hard to access the socket, things being left forever on charge, the shower switch being left on....grrrr....lots of things really!

3bunnies Mon 28-Oct-13 07:08:05

non-tester - I get annoyed by lights being left on, taps running when brushing teeth, chargers left plugged in charging the air, doors left open for ages to load the car, kettles being boiled tgen forgotten about and reboiled to make tea. Although I am guilty of rewashing clothes as I think that the rain will stop soon and I can put it on line but then rain doesn't stop and I forget so have to rewash and then still put tumble dryer on.

MoogDroog Mon 28-Oct-13 07:08:46

Non tester here.

My DH loves to heat the house to the max (because if you can't wear just a t shirt and jeans, it's too cold). Once the house has reached the same temp as say, the Sinai desert, he then throws open all the windows and doors as he is too hot. hmm shock confused angry

pussinwellyboots Mon 28-Oct-13 08:01:44

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

Opening the fridge door and standing looking at the contents for hours - so they can ask for treats that I will say no to! Leaving phone chargers on in sockets. But if anything DH is a bit too keen at switching all the lights off so walks into things!

Willemdefoeismine Mon 28-Oct-13 08:33:44

Non-Tester - children putting lights on in day-light - why? And DS leaving for school in the morning often leaving his light on and the computer on (not even in sleep mode!) - aaargh....And the TV being left on when no-one is watching it!


poopoopoo Mon 28-Oct-13 16:40:52

Tester- Challenge 2
•When do you and your family consume the most energy?
We consume the most energy on weekday evenings around 5pm and on Saturdays at around 12:00 and 18:00. This is because of cooking and heating water for baths.
•Challenge each family member to change the time they use at least one appliance (gas or electricity) - please tell us which family member chose what, and how they’re going to change the times at which this is used.
This is a bit tricky because the only thing the kids use is the TV, and me and my husband use the PC. The kids have agreed to not turn the telly on as soon as they get home, this means homework can be done first. I have decided to do the washing overnight, so put it in the machine last thing before going to bed. My husband finds this challenge the hardest; we have challenged him not to use the computer as soon as he gets back from work.
•How did you and your family find making these changes? Was it easy to adapt to or not?
It was quite easy, we are getting on ok with it, the kids are happy as long as they have my attention and help with the homework; otherwise they tend to switch on the TV! I have to remember to get the washing out and hang it first thing in the morning and avoid the using the tumble dryer as much as possible.
•Do you use your smart energy monitor more than when you first had smart meters installed or less?
We are using it about the same, checking every now and then to see what is going on. I am more concerned now prices have risen and try to turn off lights and cut down energy use where possible. I just make it part of everyday life to try and be responsible (we can't afford not to be careful- for the planet and for our bank balance!).

10thingsihateaboutpoo Tue 29-Oct-13 12:48:12

We're pretty energy conscious, but DH would be happier with the heating ten a couple of degrees hotter :-)

Fillybuster Wed 30-Oct-13 12:35:56

Pet peeve (I know it isn't very original, but it does wind me up....) : the children seem incapable of turning lights off when they leave a room. Any room. At any time.

Every morning they leave for school and almost every single light is on in any room of the house which they have entered, even for a second.

Drive me mad...

<Thank you for letting me get that off my chest!>

spicers1976 Wed 30-Oct-13 15:09:21


When do you and your family consume the most energy?

We definitely use the most energy between 5-9pm. It seems to be the time most of us are at home at the same time, dinner is cooked, the TV / laptops are on, showers and baths are being taken, and the lights are on in the rooms we are using.

•Challenge each family member to change the time they use at least one appliance (gas or electricity) - please tell us which family member chose what, and how they’re going to change the times at which this is used

I asked hubby to take his shower later at night to see if it changed any consumption in electricity. There is usually plenty of hot water left in the tank from the heating being on for a burst in the evening.
I asked the teen dd to take shorter showers as she seems to be able to spend ages in the shower, to the point where I want to knock on the door and ask if she is OK in there sometimes.

I think the teen dd is finding it the most difficult to change her routines to suit us. She is trying, and it's a little easier to teach 6yo to turn lights off when she leaves her room for example.

I am learning to make maximum use of the oven if it's on for dinner, then I'll do the baking from a hot oven rather than wait an hour until it's cold and turn the oven on again.

•Do you use your smart energy monitor more than when you first had smart meters installed or less?

I am the one in the house who looks at the smart meter. I think the rest of the family have forgotten about it, or are oblivious to it now. I do like to check back on weekly useage to see if we're managing to do better than the previous week.
The tarif on my meter took ages to update with monetary figures, but it seems to be working properly now which is good.

tinypumpkin Wed 30-Oct-13 20:30:15

Leaving lights on, it drives me batty!

SaltySeaBird Thu 31-Oct-13 08:36:50

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

On the whole my family are really good about not wasting energy. In fact I'm the worst offender (I leave lights on which is my DH's pet peeve). We do try to not leave things on and are concious to do things like only fill the kettle with what we need. I do find it annoying when DH pops outside when it is freezing cold to put rubbish out and leaves the door wide open though. It's only for a few minutes but you always feel that cold blast of air!

Ramblings Thu 31-Oct-13 10:08:21

Non tester - leaving lights on is the main culprit in our house that's for sure. The kids and hubby go round switching them on and I follow them switching them off!

lorka Thu 31-Oct-13 11:31:02

Non - tester - it has got to be leaving lights on - sometimes just about every light in the house is left on and I go around switching them all off again. The other things that are my pet peeves are leaving doors open when the house is nice and cosy or leaving TV on and not watching it anymore!

DifferentNow Thu 31-Oct-13 16:03:49

DH switches on the kettle every time he walks into the kitchen, whether he is ready to, or has any intention of making a cup of tea. This means that for every cup of tea he makes, the kettle has boiled about 3 times. Gives me the rage. Also, the DDs leaving their Kindles charging constantly.

Where do is start - DH often leaves applicanes switched on or on standby. He also leaves chargers plugged in but not actually charging anything. My MIL always boils a full kettle when making a single cup of tea and won't hear otherwise. The kids will have the TV on but not actually watch it. And I'm fond of turning lots of lights on!

yUMMYmUMMYb Thu 31-Oct-13 22:23:01

Non-tester: having to re-wash clothes... out on the line but it rained: tissues in the pocket; toddler switching off mid-way through cycle.
Outside light left on all day "so that it's on when we come home"
The absolute worst is cooking ONE (yes one!)baked potato in the oven for 2 hours!!

Hopezibah Thu 31-Oct-13 22:45:39

non-tester: Pet peeve: My son getting up to go to the loo in the night (which is good he remembers to get up and go to the loo rather than wet the bed) BUT ALWAYS LEAVES THE LIGHT ON!!!!

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

We're pretty good now - we've had a smart meter for about a year, and have trained the kids to check its traffic lights - DS1 shouts to tell me whether it's green or not on a regular basis grin

Having said that, they are hopeless at turning lights out when they leave rooms, and as PPs have said, leaving lights on if they get up for a wee in the night.

We use most energy when the heating is on and when our water is heated. DH went through a phase of testing everything, and seeing what stuff was least efficient. We replaced all our lightbulbs for low energy ones, and he's worked out when they will have paid for themselves already, though I can't remember when it is (I think I stopped listening tbh blush) and he's just put our boiling water tap onto a timer, so it turns itself off overnight. Every little helps, as a certain supermarket says...

kateandme Fri 01-Nov-13 02:31:21

the teenager turns on the shower then sits on the loo!!
when he goes upstairs he turns on all the lights.
leaving the tv on whilst going to get lunch then sits in the other room!!

RubySparks Fri 01-Nov-13 03:03:36

Non tester... All the usual things waste energy in our house! Teenage kids leave lights o. All over the house, computers o. From first thing in the morning. TV on and no one watching. Front door left open, very small hall so any other doors open mean downstairs cools quickly and stairs lead up directly from front door so that gets cold too... Would really love a porch!

Jinty64 Fri 01-Nov-13 12:21:26

Dh moans at the children for leaving lights on, spending too much time in the shower, leaving their televisions on stand by etc. then goes out to the garage or garden leaving the back door open and all my lovely heat drifting out. It drives me nuts.

Bubbles85 Fri 01-Nov-13 15:02:39


My husband puts the heating up but insists on having the windows open to 'air the house'... Every day! Also he never turns the lights off when he moves to a different room. Very frustrating!

telsa Fri 01-Nov-13 15:41:31

My partner takes a hot bath every morning. And he also leaves everything either on or on standby. It drives me mad. I pay the bills. He does not seem to notice. He also always forgets to turn off the oven. Aaaargh.

DP has a habit of leaving his computer running all night. The whirring not only keeps me awake- it means that I have to drag myself out of my cosy bed to turn it off!!

Our house is drafty as well and I often think about getting better insulation or triple glazing.

lilyloo Fri 01-Nov-13 17:20:32

My pet peeve is the family leaving lights on. They all do it and i am constantly turning them off and nagging at them about it to no avail.
I actually remember my dad saying the same to me and my sisters when we were kids.

Lynne73 Fri 01-Nov-13 18:24:02

My husband constantly leaves his mobile phone charger plugged in and the socket switched on with no 'phone attached, aaaargh!!!
My children leave lights on all over the house too; it drives me mad!

pixiepoopoo Fri 01-Nov-13 19:47:30

Ditto. I need an alarm on mine. It I only needs 20 mins to heat a full tank but do I remember?

Doinmummy Fri 01-Nov-13 19:50:19

Non tester( although I do have a British gas energy meter) when someone boils the kettle which sends the meter onto red, walks away, comes back and boils it again!

DoItTooJulia Fri 01-Nov-13 20:09:43

Non tester.

I hate lights left on. Hate it hate it hate it.

asuwere Fri 01-Nov-13 20:15:04

Non tester. Most of my peeves are down to DH. He takes forever in the shower, he never switches lights off, he leaves chargers plugged in and switched on with nothing attached, he leaves TV in standby at night and he overfills the kettle. I'm constantly going round switching things off!

Mitchdafish Fri 01-Nov-13 21:15:13

I dislike putting the whole-house heating on just to warm / dry the bathroom and dry the towels on the towel radiator. I don't want to go around the whole house turning off each radiator!

CMOTDibbler Fri 01-Nov-13 21:21:08

Non tester - pet peeve is DH leaving lights on elsewhere in the house

nobalance Fri 01-Nov-13 23:08:03

Non tester.
Lights being left on / radios on where Boone is listening.
I can't stand sockets being on when nothing is plugged in them,although am not sure if there is any logic behind that!

MadMonkeys Sat 02-Nov-13 08:11:11

Non tester - the energy wasting thing that annoys me is something i do myself... I hate it when i don't get the washing dry when its nice weather or the heating is on, and then use the tumble drier instead. So much so that in going to buy a second clothes airer to increase the amount of stuff i can dry when the opportunity is there. I also hate it when dh refuses to put a jumper,on and turns up the heating instead.

WowOoo Sat 02-Nov-13 08:23:16

Non tester:
Lights being left on.

Doors being left open when heating is on - especially the top room where the heat will escape to.

Tumble drier being put on for far too long. I'd rather check the clothes and put it on again. Dh will just put it on for 60 mins. Clothes are all bone dry and creased. Such a waste of money and energy. It really annoys me.

rallytog1 Sat 02-Nov-13 08:39:17

Non tester.

I hate people who leave lights on all around the House and all their electrical things running all the time. Sometimes I have to sit on my hands in someone else's house to physically stop myself from wandering round and turning things off.

gazzalw Sat 02-Nov-13 17:46:20

DW is a fresh-air fiend and often leaves bedroom windows open and then puts on the heating hmm! Money and energy up and out of the window!

unquietmind Sat 02-Nov-13 22:18:26

Non tester

Kids leaving everything on and leaving room to do other things and not coming back. Eldest son taking at least 3 x 30 minute showers a day. Leaving phones plugged in our other appliances beyond what's needed. Putting a full time wash on for not a lot. Putting the heating on in summer then opening the windows. !!!!!!! Teenagers.

Babycarmen Sun 03-Nov-13 15:03:36

People leaving lights on, or putting lights on when they are not needed really irritates me! So does my partner when he falls asleep watching TV and leaves it on all night!! Grrrr!! smile

DreamlessSleep Sun 03-Nov-13 15:11:29

Non tester here. My pet peeves are that the kids will leave the lights on when they leave a room. Sometimes I'll look round and every light ib the house is on!

Also ds will leave his tv on all night. (Though I do sneak in his room on tippy toes and turn it off when I can.)

sealight123 Sun 03-Nov-13 20:31:55

I hate when my partner seems to think we want our house to resemble blackpool illuminations. He turns a light on when he goes into a room but never when he leaves it....tempted to cut the lights in the house and make us all wear head torches smile

GetKnitted Sun 03-Nov-13 21:53:10

Toy room light gets switched on by the dc in broad daylight, then left on all night (as it is a bit out of the way from the rest of the house) sad at least it is an energy saving bulb!

manfalou Mon 04-Nov-13 11:11:08

Non Tester...

Any electrical items being switched on when they're not in use. Switch the kettle off at the plug if you're not using it! And the microwave!!!

DS (3) turns EVERY light on now he can reach the switches... even when the sun is shining, I'm hoping he's slowly learning that its not what we do jet because we can reach.

NettleTea Mon 04-Nov-13 16:58:51

my kids drive me mad by leaving EVERYTHING on if not reminded. My daughter leaves her bedroom light on just about permanently

flamingtoaster Mon 04-Nov-13 17:13:13

Non tester - my DH tends to turn lights on as he moves through the house and not turn them off unless reminded. One thing that really drives me mad is mobiles being left endlessly on charge when they have clearly finished charging!

stephgr Mon 04-Nov-13 20:52:47

Non tester.
I get really irritated by my husband and children never switching things off - lights, TV, games machines, radios etc. I seem to be forever following their footsteps turning everything off. I get really frustrated!

iwanttoscream Tue 05-Nov-13 08:13:40

non-tester Hubby likes back door open even in winter, heating on but a draft from gusts from back door!
Hubby moans our house is like a lighthouse!

BettyOff Tue 05-Nov-13 17:07:10


We're all guilty of leaving things plugged in or on charge when not in use but I'm making a concerted effort to quit in the hope of saving a few pennies.

DH is supposed to have been sorting having the loft re insulated for an age but hasn't so I'm sure we're loosing heat through there and often when I get home the house is lit up like Blackpool illuminations.

sleeplessbunny Tue 05-Nov-13 20:46:38


Not sure if this counts as a "pet peeve" but our house is an old cottage which suffers from damp & mould if we don't keep it well heated and ventilated. I read and hear about people who don't switch their heating on until late october and am envy. Every morning I have to open all the windows for 10 mins or so, whatever the weather, to stop condensation building up, and the heating is then on for over an hour just to make up for it.

Lent1l Wed 06-Nov-13 11:30:26

Non tester

My pet hates with my DH. He leaves the Sky box on rewind at night (forgetting it is on rewind) and that means that Sky don't override this and switch the box off overnight as usually happens, also being on rewind probably uses more as it is then receiving two signals at once.

He leaves lights on in rooms he is not in - my Mum stopped this in me and my sister at a very early age.

He leaves chargers plugged in for all sorts all over the hosue, even when not in use and you only have to feel the heat from them to know that that is wasting energy.

Not a tester (electric and gas from British Gas but supplied on someone else's infrastructure so could not be a tester!).

My pet peeve is things being left on standby or plugged in. I know it sounds sill but I realised after the recent storms when we were running on low wattage power just how much power things use just by being on standby and plugged in. I couldn't boil a kettle but after going around the house switching absolutely everything off and unplugging everything got a cup of tea from a very slow boiling kettle.

Now I have turned into 'Grandpa' walking around unplugging everything and hearing the kids moan about me when their toast doesn't pop down or they put the kettle on and it doesn't boil.

IncaAztec Wed 06-Nov-13 13:05:08

Non testers: What annoying energy wasting habits does your family have that really wind you up? Maybe the children leave their games consoles running all night? Or perhaps your partner always takes never ending hot showers? Whatever your pet peeves around energy waste in your household are we'd like to hear from you.

Leaving things on charge. Endless gadgets and then never, ever remembering to take them off charge! Aaarrggh!

OddSockMonster Wed 06-Nov-13 13:51:49


• When do you and your family consume the most energy?

We have a very definite sharp peak from 7-8am in electricity, when both of us have electric showers and tea & toast. It's also roughly when the heating & hot water come on for their first blast of the day.
We then have a longer period of electricity & gas use from about 4 to 8pm, when we have the heating on again and when we're doing dinners, watching a bit of telly, bath for the boys and etc.
Very noticeable that we use loads more on Sundays throughout the day. Weekdays are definitely lower consumption.

• Challenge each family member to change the time they use at least one appliance (gas or electricity) - please tell us which family member chose what, and how they’re going to change the times at which this is used

DH and I have chosen to put the dishwasher and washing machine on outside of our peak times, i.e. later in the evening or mid-morning. DS1 & 2 are putting off turning on the TV straight away when they come home.

• How did you and your family find making these changes? Was it easy to adapt to or not?
It's taken quite a conscious effort for the dishwasher & washing machine as we tend to just put these on automatically, e.g. straight after dinner, but using the timer button to delay the start by an hour or two after we load them seems to be easier.
A later TV time is easy up to a point, I tend to pop it on while I'm getting their dinner ready so they don't tear the place apart once I'm out of the room - but I've started using that as a reward (TV, not tearing the room apart) for playing nicely when we first get home.

• Do you use your smart energy monitor more now than when you first had smart meters installed, or less?
Probably a little less, though DH finds it quite interesting to see how much we use on different days of the week.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 06-Nov-13 23:49:20

oh this is going to be cathartic!

when their dad visits:
he turns lights on instead of opening curtains... (all the lights)
he leaves lights on when he leaaves a room
he boils too much water in the kettle.
he opens windows in stead of turning the heating off.
he opens windows when it is sunny insted of trying to warm the rooms enough so as not to put the heating on later.
he has the hob on so high things boil dry rapidly
he leaves the dvd running overnight.
he leaves the fridge door open while he walks acoss the room to put milk in his coffee.
he leaves the milk out of the fridge and it needs extra energy to recool
he leaves his charger switched on when he has unplugged his phone.
he wastes hot water leaving the tap running on full while he faffs with soap.
he leaves the microwave on at the socket after use.
he throws away stuff that can be recycled
he goes to the launderette and uses the tumble dryers.

what is worse he proclaims to care for the environement

did I mention he is an ex? grin

Elainey1609 Thu 07-Nov-13 11:31:44


Leaving the immersion heating on overnight when used to to get some hot warmer (normally when gas has run out)

Falling asleep when reading at night -which means the light gas been left on.

Not willing to put an extra jumper or blanket on to save turning heating on

Leaving the wii on standby despite probably not using it from 1month to the next.

Basically just leaving things on standby in general

ArthurCucumber Thu 07-Nov-13 11:42:32


As I've been vociferous on my other thread I might as well say it here as well. My teenage dds and their tendency to go into a kind of trance in the shower. I think it must be the water bouncing off their heads or something. They soap, wash, rinse and then... stand. And stand. And stand a bit more. Dh is nearly as bad. I recently discovered that, partly as a result of all this standing, our energy usage is just over twice the average for our type of property/household. I am on the warpath.

Thank you for creating this space to rant grin

BIGWILL5 Fri 08-Nov-13 01:01:24

My partner puts the gas fire on full whack and then she oopens the windows ???

GuyAndStoic Fri 08-Nov-13 13:17:51

Non-tester - Our windows are shite. We live in a HA house with field behind our house, and they are rotten and riddled with damp. This morning I noticed that DS's salt-dough dinosaur is soft now.

Toffeepoppet Fri 08-Nov-13 17:04:36

Non tester -

having to make each cup of tea I drink about three times as get caught up feeding baby/ doing nappies /sorting toddler out! Have cold cups of tea dotted around the house!

Noideaatall Sat 09-Nov-13 12:09:12

DH leaving his phone on charge and the internet box on overnight. He 'needs both to get to sleep'....

IAlwaysThought Sat 09-Nov-13 19:34:09

Non tester,

Not the most original but ggggrrrrrrrr!!!! to the kids leaving the lights on.

Also, grrrrrrrrr to teenage girls asking to put the heating on whilst only wearing shorts and a singlet. confused

And another...gggggrrrrrrr to teenage girls and looooonnnng showers.

I could go on..

Thinkingofmyfabfour Sun 10-Nov-13 20:37:10

Non tester
Dh never switches things off at the wall, I go round switching off things like dishwasher, washing machine.
He also switches on shower ages before he gets in! No idea why, the water is hot almost straight away!

toucancancan Mon 11-Nov-13 16:48:37

Non tester: Overfilling the kettle, pans left boiling with water for ages waiting to be used.

VikingLady Mon 11-Nov-13 21:27:44

Non tester.

DH leaving the fridge door open when he is in the kitchen! And ditto the cooker! I go spare about this, I really do. It is a total waste. If I pull him up on it he says it is only for a couple of minutes, but I point out a couple of minutes several times each day really adds up!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 12-Nov-13 16:50:09

The thing that drives me mad is DH turning on every single lamp and light in the house in the mornings and not opening any of the curtains. He also doesn't turn any lights off in the evenings, so he'll have the whole kitchen lit up when we're all in the living room. What makes it worse is his insistence on coming home from work and turning off the overhead light and turning on several lamps so that a) it's
not quite light enough and b) it takes longer to go around turning all the lights off.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 12-Nov-13 16:52:02

Oh, and he leaves the fridge/freezer/oven door open all the time. Then turns adjusts the thermostat so that things freeze at the back of the fridge.

ouryve Thu 14-Nov-13 10:41:53


DS2 has a fascination with lights, at the moment. If he could, he would have every light on in the house. Thankfully we have mostly energy saving bulbs, but I'm not convinced that these really save any money and I'm doubting if they'll last that long when he's turning on all the lights, inspecting them all, then turning them all off again!

cornflakegirl Fri 15-Nov-13 11:12:18

DH and I used to fight over the thermostat as I like the house to be about 2 degrees warmer than him. Then we had children, and they sided with him - so now I just wear seven jumpers at home wink

We had solar panels fitted last year, so I am now banned from using the dishwasher and washing machine if the sun isn't shining. Those are probably the only two things where it's easy to change the time when you run them.

NotAFeminist Sun 17-Nov-13 22:34:40

Non-tester: Boiling the kettle for a well earned cup of tea and then being distracted by something else that needs to be done, forgetting about the already boiled water and boiling the darn thing again!!

We thought we'd be all energy efficient and use an electric heater for my son's room before it got reaaaally cold enough to put the central heating on. Then we realised the electric heater was literally eating away ALL of the electricity so we switched the central heating on and am bloody glad we did! Much cheaper and warms the whole house! ;D Though I'm the one who'd put a jumper on and do a little dance to warm up before resorting to the radiators outside of their designated times!!!

People falling asleep with the TV on and it staying on for hours! {--Can you get timers for TV's to switch themselves off?!??--}

Have to have the baby monitor plugged in all night but it's kind of a necessity so I don't complain about that one!

{I'm guilty of having a too long shower!! And leaving the door open whilst the heating's on when I let the dog out. slaps wrist ;)}

milliemoon Mon 18-Nov-13 19:38:39

The worst is when my husband puts the water on to warm up and then forgets it's on. oh and he tumble dries (and shrinks, buts that's another annoyance) everything!

jennywren123 Wed 20-Nov-13 11:26:33


Why, oh why do the children have to leave the lights on in every room in the house!

daisydaisy11 Wed 20-Nov-13 17:00:52

Non tester. My pet hate is when the dishwasher is turned on half empty because OHs favourite mug is in there. If it is that important to OH then he should take it out and handwash it!

jellyandcake Wed 20-Nov-13 17:05:22

My dh leaves everything on standby, never shuts the laptop down, leaves chargers plugged in with nothing connected..he is so unaware of all of these things even though he is so budget conscious with everything else! Drives me bonkers!

Autismmumma Thu 21-Nov-13 11:46:09

I'm a tester and here's my second post : Day and Night with our Smart Meter
Biggest peeve would be the lights, appliances on standby and my hubbie and the toaster!!

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