Utilising E.ON Next Smart Meters to track your costs

  • PeterT_EONNext's Avatar
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    Julia and Nik are E.ON Next customers who discuss how they use their in home energy display to track their usage of individual appliances, and keeping that cost as low as possible of course!




    Do you use your in home display to track the individual costs of your appliances in your home? If not, why not? ๐Ÿ˜„

    Seeing the usage increase when using certain appliances can help you to better manage your energy usage of that particular appliance in future. You can make smarter decisions when load-shifting through energy saving events like #Powerswitch resulting in an overall lower bill too!

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    Last edited by DebF_EONNext; 21-02-24 at 09:28.
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  • geoffers's Avatar
    Level 27
    Do you use your in home display to track the individual costs of your appliances in your home? If not, why not? ๐Ÿ˜„
    No.

    EOn seem unable to upload the correct tariff rate to my meter, so the costs on the IHD are incorrect - however it does show the correct kWH usage.

    I actually use individual energy monitoring smart-plugs if I want to check usage/costs per individual device, as they give far more useful/detailed historical information than the IHD
    Last edited by geoffers; 22-01-24 at 16:20.
  • meldrewreborn's Avatar
    Level 91
    No.

    EOn seem unable to upload the correct tariff rate to my meter, so the costs on the IHD are incorrect - however it does show the correct kWH usage.

    I actually use individual energy monitoring smart-plugs if I want to check usage/costs per individual device, as they give far more useful/detailed historical information than the IHD

    For monitoring purposes tracking the kWh is sufficient for most people. If consumption is controlled the bills will be controlled.

    Saying this for the benefit of others - not you @geoffers
    Current Eon Next and EDF customer, ex Zog and Symbio. Don't think dual fuel saves money and don't like smart meters. Chronologically Gifted. If I offend let me know by private message, but Iโ€™ll continue to express my opinions nonetheless.
  • meldrewreborn's Avatar
    Level 91
    Once again lots of emphasis on the great utility of the IHD - so really surprising that when the IHD stops working Eon Next disclaim all responsibility for it, (once its over 12 months old).
  • Mailman's Avatar
    Level 55
    Do you use your in home display to track the individual costs of your appliances in your home? If not, why not? ๐Ÿ˜„

    The IHD is really only used to monitor kWh usage, particularly for previous historical daly usage (mine has up to 7 days).

    The tariff information on my IHD has been correct from time to time but most of the time it is living in a cost world of its own. The tariff information on my spreadsheets are accurate and have always reconciled to the statements produced after mnthly smart reads.

    For individual appliances, I can use my Mebus power consumption meter(just a plug) so tells me exactly how much specific appliances use (in kWh) from start to finish. So for example a full wash at 30C + Extra 1400 spin + Heat Pump tumble dry will go through circa 1.4 kWh for the entire process. Knowing this number does not make load shifting any more basic than 'Don't use the washing/heat pump during an energy saving event time schedule' but equally it works the other way so I'm quite happy to shift the other way when no energy saving event is scheduled and I need to do said washing and tumble dry at some point during the day.
  • meldrewreborn's Avatar
    Level 91
    @PeterT_EONNext

    with my through plug meter I can measure the consumption of a single appliance while others are still running. Try doing that with a Smart Meter IHD!
  • DebF_EONNext's Avatar
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    @meldrewreborn how do these plug meters work? Is it just a case of plugging it into the socket then plugging in the appliance?
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  • meldrewreborn's Avatar
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    @DebF_EONNext

    got it in one! Mine displays consumption over time, the voltage, draw at a particular time, mains frequency and all sorts of other stuff that I care little about.

    i donโ€™t need to use it day to day, only when I want to measure something. Once itโ€™s been measured itโ€™s not likely to change its consumption over time. The main exceptions to that being fridges freezers air conditioners and heat pump based tumble driers - in all these appliances efficiency can decline over time, meaning they have to work harder to deliver the required output so consumption increases.
  • DebF_EONNext's Avatar
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    @meldrewreborn does it cost more to use them? I'm just thinking it's the same sort of concept as an extension plug and they cost a little bit more to run ๐Ÿค”. It certainly sounds like a useful gadget though!
  • meldrewreborn's Avatar
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    @DebF_EONNext

    Yes they will use a little more power, but it will be fractional. And they'll only be needed on a short term basis.

    As to extension leads, I don't think that they use any measurable amount of electricity themselves (even if they've a neon light on them!). They are in general terms best avoided if possible. But sometimes a permanent socket isn't available in the required place and an extension lead is the only option. I'm sure others with more technical knowledge than me will chip in on the acceptability of their use. But in the meantime there's this:

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