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It’s easy…

Electricity monitor
user instructions
Hello
Your new electricity monitor has arrived. It’s a great way to learn
how to use less electricity and save money, and just one of the ways
British Gas helps you look after your world. Put your electricity
monitor somewhere easy to see to keep track of your electricity
usage, and you’ll soon start to see how simple changes – like
turning off the lights, or boiling less water in the kettle – mean
less electricity is being used. Remember, using less electricity
means more money saved.

We’ll still use your electricity meter to work out your bill, as your
monitor is not a billing meter. To make sure your bill is accurate,
don’t forget to enter your meter reading each month. We can
remind you when your meter reading is required – simply login to
your personal account at britishgas.co.uk to provide us with your
email and mobile number.

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Some important things
you should know
It is important to observe some Keep the transmitter away from water
simple safety precautions when using and other liquids. Disconnect before
this product. Safe operation of the cleaning and do not immerse in
electricity monitor is impaired if used water or other liquids. Please contact
in a manner not specified by the British Gas if any components appear
manufacturer. damaged or faulty. Our contact details
appear at the back of this booklet.
The electricity monitor is easy to
install, without the need for a qualified To protect the environment, this
electrician. There is no need to product and batteries must be
open fuse boxes or to connect or disposed of safely at the end of their
disconnect any cabling. It is designed life. Please take the batteries to a
for internal use only, and should be recycling centre for safe disposal.
used inside a suitable building or
meter cabinet. RoHS compliant.
This product complies with RoHS
Don’t fit rechargeable batteries. regulations, ensuring that it contains
acceptable levels of hazardous
When fitting the sensor, if the cables chemicals for home use.
going into your electricity meter look
perished (cracked, burned, or bare CE approved.
copper) or are loose, or wet, or you This product has passed the
have any doubts about their condition, appropriate quality assurance tests.
do not install the sensor, contact a
qualified electrician. Don’t force the
sensor onto the cable if the cable
diameter appears to be too big.

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In your box…

Power
Display unit Transmitter Sensor supply Batteries

Display unit Sensor


The display unit shows your energy usage. The sensor safely clips around the mains
It receives a wireless signal from the electricity cable that comes into your meter
transmitter. The display is mains powered. to measure the energy you are using, and
plugs into the bottom of the transmitter.
Please read the safety notice at the start of
Transmitter this booklet and fit the sensor according to
The transmitter will sit next to your existing the following instructions.
electricity meter, and sends the readings to
the display. The transmitter is powered by
three C-cell batteries.
Batteries
3 large C-cells for powering the transmitter.

Power supply
This is to power the display unit. Please
do not use any other supply to power
the display.

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6 easy steps to install

Plug it in
Put the plug into a mains socket and
insert the black power cable into your
electricity monitor display unit.

Insert batteries
Remove the cover from the transmitter to
insert batteries. An LED on the transmitter
circuit board will flash, indicating that the
batteries are working. Don’t replace the
battery cover just yet.

Pair the transmitter


and display unit
Activate your electricity monitor display
unit by linking the transmitter and display
unit wirelessly. To do this, press the Up
and Down buttons on the display unit
at the same time until the word ‘PAIR’
appears on the screen.

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Establish the wireless
connection
Press the Pair button on the transmitter
until you see the LED light on the Pair button
circuit board flash as it finds the display
unit. When the display shows the full
Consumption Bar, press Set (middle
button) to return to the main screen and
replace the battery cover.

Attach the sensor


Carefully secure the sensor clip around
one of the four mains cables that go into
your electricity meter. The faces of the
sensor must meet cleanly. Plug the sensor
into the base of the transmitter.

Position the transmitter


Place your transmitter in a safe, upright
position near to your meter.

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Start using your electricity monitor

Up

Set

Down

Set the time


Set the time by pressing the Set (middle
button), and using the Up and Down buttons
to adjust the time. Press Set again when
you’ve finished to return to the main screen.

Up
Tariff

Set

Down

Set your tariff Economy 7, enter information for both Tariff


1 and Tariff 2.
To help the electricity monitor do its job
properly, you need to tell it how much you To set your tariff, press and hold the Set
currently pay for your electricity or your button for three seconds until the display
tariff. You can find your tariff by logging into shows the target screen. From there, press
britishgas.co.uk, under ‘Manage Your Energy Set again to move onto the tariff screen.
Usage’ section. If you only have a single Once the tariff value flashes, use the Up and
tariff enter information for Tariff 1. If you have Down buttons to enter your tariff value and
different tariffs for different times of day, e.g. then press Set to save. After setting the first

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tariff, the screen will move on to the second and Down buttons to set the end time (e.g.
tariff. If you don’t have a second tariff, enter 0 07:00) and press Set.
and then press Set. If you set a second tariff
price you will need to link it to the time of day
it is valid. To do this, use the Up and Down
buttons to set the second tariff start time
(e.g. 00:00) and press Set. Then use the Up

Up

Set
Down
Target Mark

Set a target to save and Down buttons to find the best measuring

money unit for your target, and press Set to select:

You can use your electricity monitor to set • kWh – shows the amount of electricity you
yourself an usage target for each day. The want to use a day
idea is that you only use up to the target but • CO2 – shows the amount of CO2 you
no more. If you use less, that’s even better. want to keep within
To help specify a realistic target for you
and your family, login to britishgas.co.uk, • £ – shows how much you want to
under ‘Manage Your Energy Usage‘. Or spend per day
as an alternative, use this simple average
Use the Up and Down buttons to adjust your
household usage guide:
target value, and press Set to save it. Your
• Working couple – 11kWh per day target mark will appear at the bottom of your
display.
• Single person – 8.5kWh per day
• Family with two children – 15 kWh per day
It’s easy to set your target. Press and hold
the Set button for three seconds until the
display shows the target screen. Use the Up

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Reading the display

Real-time Consumption Bar

Real-time Consumption

Cumulative Consumption

The Real-time Cumulative


Consumption Bar Consumption
The Real-time Consumption Bar shows The bottom number on the display is your
how much electricity is being used in your Cumulative Consumption. Your electricity
home. It is updated every two seconds. It monitor tracks your consumption in four
measures consumption up to 20kW, but ways
typical households use much less than this.
The Consumption Bar measures electricity • Today shows consumption for the current
consumption from left to right in increasing day since midnight
increments. The exact values of the • Yesterday shows consumption for the
segments are explained in the “Frequently previous day (midnight to midnight)
Asked Questions” at the back of this booklet.
• 7 days shows the total consumption over
the last 7 complete days
Real-time Consumption
• 30 days shows the total consumption over
The top number on the display shows the last 30 complete days
real-time electricity consumption in figures.
You can monitor your electricity using three The yesterday, 7-day, and 30-day figures
different units: will update at midnight each day. You can
view different Cumulative Consumption
• £/h The approximate cost per hour of the period by pressing the Down button. If the
present electricity consumption display has not recorded a full set of data
for the time period indicated, the Cumulative
• kg CO2/h The equivalent amount of CO2 Consumption number will flash.
produced at the present electricity usage

• kW The amount of power presently being


used. (0.2kW = 200 Watts, or 2 x 100 Watt
light bulbs.)

Change the unit by pressing the Up button.

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Communications

Battery

On Target Indicator
Target Mark
Daily Consumption Bar

The Daily Consumption Symbols and Indicators


Bar • If the transmitter batteries need
changing, the Battery symbol will appear
The Daily Consumption Bar shows and flash. The batteries should last at
the current day’s cumulative electricity least two years.
consumption. If you set a target, the target
will also appear as a segment positioned • The Communications symbol will appear
three-quarters of the way along the Daily when the transmitter and display are
Consumption Bar. This will always be paired and communicating correctly.
in the same position, regardless of the The Communications symbol will flash if
target you set. The Tick/Cross symbol will communication is lost.
show whether you are on track to beat
the target you set, based on your average
consumption profile for that day of the
week. If no target is set, each segment
of the Consumption Bar represents
1kWh. A flashing target indicates that
target consumption has been equalled or
exceeded. Your electricity monitor will learn
your consumption profile by remembering
your pattern of energy consumption.
The electricity monitor uses the profile to
predict whether your consumption for the
current day will be over or under at the end
of the day, and displays this as a Tick or
Cross symbol.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why won’t my display unit and Q. Why does the display unit sometimes
transmitter communicate? show a different reading to my utility bill?
The electricity monitor is designed to operate The electricity monitor is a good indication of
in a home environment over a range of 30 your approximate electricity consumption, but
metres with up to two walls in between the it is not intended to measure consumption
transmitter and display. If the units are set with 100% accuracy. The electricity meter
further apart, then you may need to bring will continue to be used for billing purposes.
them closer together to communicate. By providing us with your email and mobile
number, we can remind you when the meter
Other reasons for the units not reading is required. To update your details,
communicating may be:: simply login to your personal account at
britishgas.co.uk.
• Radio interference: This is unlikely in a
home environment, but try moving both
the transmitter and display unit away from
any possible source of interference. Q. Where do I find my tariff information?

• Dead batteries: Does the LED light Your tariff information can be found on your
illuminate brightly when the batteries are electricity bill or visit ‘Manage My Energy
inserted? Try using new batteries. Usage’ section of your online account.

• Transmitter in a metal meter cabinet.


The communication doesn’t work
Q. What Target Consumption should I set?
through metal.
The Target Consumption is best set using
your recent electricity bill. Your bill will show
your consumption typically over the last
Q. Why is the Communications
quarter.
symbol flashing?
The Communications symbol will flash if:

• The display unit and transmitter are Q. How should I calculate my tariff if I
unable to communicate (See above). have a standing charge?
If you pay a standing charge, please do not
• The display unit is receiving data from two include this in the calculation of the tariff.
transmitters. Try pairing the display unit
Your bill will include a unit rate shown in
with the transmitter again to eliminate the
pence per kWh, and this should be entered
other transmitter.
when setting your tariff.

Q. Why is the Battery symbol flashing?


Q. How do I calculate my average
We expect the batteries to last for at least electricity unit rate to enter a tariff?
two years.Toward the end of their life the
Battery symbol will flash to let you know to Take the total price paid for your first units
replace them. Please ensure you replace of electricity, plus the total price paid for the
batteries with C-cell batteries (LR14 or R14). remainder of your units, and divide by the
Do not use rechargeable batteries. total units. For example, 200 units at £0.20
and 50 units at £0.10 would work out as

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follows; (200 x £0.20) + (50 x £0.10) is (£40 display. This will erase all settings and
+ £5) or £45 for 250 units = £0.18 per unit. stored data.

Q. Can I use more than one display? Q. I changed the target setting to a
Yes, more than one display can be used higher value, but the main screen hasn’t
with a single transmitter. Just put both updated?
display units into pairing mode at the same The Target Tick and Cross symbols are only
time, and then press the ‘Pair’ button on the updated each hour, so check the display
transmitter. again in an hour’s time.

Q. Is it possible to accidentally receive a Q. The electricity monitor is on all the


signal from another transmitter? time, how much is it costing me?
This is very unlikely but if you think your Running your electricity monitor for a whole
display is picking up another transmitter, year uses 0.25kWh, and will cost less than
repeat the pairing exercise to connect the 1p per month. In comparison, boiling your
display to your own transmitter. kettle just three times uses more energy than
the electricity monitor uses in a whole year.

Q. I want to move the electricity monitor


to another property, how do I erase data? Q. What are the values for each segment
If you want to reset the electricity monitor of the Real-time Consumption Bar?
and erase all consumption data, tariffs and Each segment of the Real-time Consumption
targets, press and hold the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ Bar will light up when the consumption
buttons whilst turning power on to the exceeds the value shown in the table below.

Seg. Value Seg. Value Seg. Value Seg. Value Seg. Value Seg. Value

1 10W 6 250W 11 750W 16 2.0KW 21 4.5KW 26 10KW

2 50W 7 350W 12 950W 17 2.5KW 22 5.5KW 27 12KW

3 100W 8 450W 13 1150W 18 3.0KW 23 6.5KW 28 14KW

4 150W 9 550W 14 1350W 19 3.5KW 24 7.5KW 29 16KW

5 200W 10 650W 15 1550W 20 4.0KW 25 8.5KW 30 18KW

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Contact Information
If you have any questions on how to set up your
electricity monitor please contact us on 0845 076
3922. For all account and other enquiries please
visit britishgas.co.uk/energysmart or email us on
customerservice@britishgas.co.uk

If you have a faulty monitor, please return to Freepost:


British Gas, NWW1657, PO Box 7, Manchester M19
2PB including your full name and address.

The British Gas Electricity Monitor is designed and


manufactured by Green Energy Options Ltd.

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Conforming Standards:
EN300 220-1 v1.3.1 Radio Device RF Performance (UK & Europe), SRD Category 2
EN301 489-3 Emissions EMC (UK & Europe)
EN61010-1 Safety Requirements (UK & Europe)
EN60950 Safety Requirements (UK & Europe)
CE UK standards
Cat III Max Voltage 264 Vac
Max Current 75A

Model Monitor Display Monitor Transmitter Monitor Sensor


Rated voltage 230Vac 50Hz 3 x C size 1.5V batteries N/A
Input power 0.25W 0.2W N/A
Operation 0 to 40°C –20 to 50°C –20 to 50°C
Humidity 85% non-condensing 85% non-condensing 85% non-condensing
Usage N/A N/A Cat III

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We hope you enjoy using your
electricity monitor but don’t forget, if
you’ve got any questions or want any
advice as to other ways you can save
money on your energy bills, simply
login to britishgas.co.uk.

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