Part of the deal with the replacement meter is that we were given a smart monitor. This interrogates the meter several times each minute and indicates our usage of electricity, with a three-colour light (green, amber, red for increased usage) and with a segmented dial with the same colours. It also indicates the usage for different periods of time. Default is the cost of electricity since midnight, so I am getting used to coming down to the kitchen each morning to find that Big Brother tells me that we have used 12 pence worth of electricity so far. This comes from the background usage - clocks, freezer, refrigerator, central heating pump, radios on standby, chargers, and about 2 pence for the first kettle of the day for a pot of tea as we wake up.
|We do not have the toy! The blue sectors are for those who monitor gas use as well as electric|
But, in the wider world, monitoring and measurement can be a good first step to controlling; so good O.R. may start with monitoring to obtain a series of appropriate measurements