Smart Meters – The Truth!


OK, just how smart are smart meters?  Well in education terms they would probably still be at primary school.  

I was trying to think of an analogy for them and the first one that came to mind was they are a bit like a “Haynes” manual.  I know a bit old school but a bit like me really. (if you didn’t experience the enjoyment of “messing” about with old cars and taking things to bits just because you can, well, your loss)  

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Planned merger SSE and Npower

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Planned merger SSE and Npower

Planned merger SSE and Npower

Planned merger SSE and Npower, isn’t a certainty. Proposed merger will be subject to an in depth investigation because of fears of creating higher household bills.  November 2017 SSE confirmed that it was proposing to merge with Npower. See original report from BBC dated 8 November 2017.


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Martin Lewis says “Switch Now”

money box

Martin Lewis the “Money Saving Expert” has a new television show on ITV called “The Martin Lewis Money Show.”  Now I don’t know Martin personally but I think that anyone who has the foresight to set up in business and then sell it a few short years later for a reported £87 million maybe has a bit of knowledge on his subject. (or certainly whoever purchased his business thinks that)


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Why are mobile phones complicated?

using mobile phones

Ok, I admit it.  I am of an age where I can easily relate to dinosaurs.  When it came to technology I was a slow starter.  I wanted to learn.  Ask anyone who knows me from my childhood days (now that’s a long time ago) and they will tell you my eagerness to take things to bits was legendry. (putting them back together was less successful)  But there was definitely a willingness to learn.


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Roll Over Contracts

read small print

I’m sure for a lot of small businesses there are probably only two things which really gets their blood boiling when the words “energy companies” are mentioned.


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How much energy are you using when you are closed?

closed sign

It may seem obvious but it is often overlooked.  Take a meter reading when you open and another when you close.  Repeat this every day for a typical week of working.  How much gas and electricity is being consumed when you are closed?  If it’s relatively high what could be switched off or turned down to reduce consumption.

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How to Reduce Energy Consumption

adjusting heating

Tip of the Day – Switch the lights off.

Bonus Tip – Turn the heating down.

Its just not rocket science.  I know there are fancy gadgets available to tell you how much energy you are using and to allow you to remotely control your house thermostat but are we really too soft these days?  Do we want to end up like the “humans” in the film Wall-E where they have forgotten how to use their legs and become huge couch potatoes having everything done for them?  I hope not.

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Bogus Phone Calls

Germany, Bavaria, Munich, Man screaming into mobile phone

I had a really interesting conversation with a potential customer the other day.  We had arranged a meeting to see what services he might be interested in, both for his home and business use.

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