Before recess alongside some other MSPs I got to grips with energy usage after taking part in a cookery demonstration, held by Smart Energy GB to highlight the benefits of smart meters to people across Scotland.
I joined fellow MSPs Kate Forbes, Mark Ruskell and Richard Leonard in a bid to cook a plate of four pancakes using the least amount of electricity. A smart meter was used to measure the four MSPs’ energy usage, displaying the results in pounds and pence on a digital display - you can watch it here.
Nearly seven million smart meters already installed across Great Britain, and it was great to see how smart meters help people to monitor their energy usage across Edinburgh Western.
When I’m cooking at home, I’m not at all conscious of how much energy I’m using. Through taking part in thus cookery demonstration, I was delighted to see first-hand how smart meters will give us all much more control of what we spend on gas and electricity, and finally put an end to estimated bills.
I would encourage people across West Edinburgh to call their energy supplier today and ask for an appointment to get their own smart meter fitted.
Smart meters bring everyone in Edinburgh Western, and across the rest of Scotland and Great Britain accurate bills. They also mean that you can see, for the first time, exactly how much energy you are using in pounds and pence, and in near real time. The inconvenient prepayment system will also be completely revolutionised for the many people currently using these meters.
Contact your energy supplier to get your smart meter installed or visit www.smartenergygb.org/get-yours to find out more.