British Gas trialing new money-saving technologies

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British Gas has announced it has signed an agreement with AlertMe.com to trial new technologies to help households cut their gas and electricity consumption.

The AlertMe.com system allows an energy kit to be fitted in a home and connected to the internet, so households can monitor their energy usage.

British Gas will be trialing an automatic heating system with the organisation, so the process of adjusting the heat provided can be made simple and done over the web.

Using the AlertMe.com system, British gas customers can turn their heating on or off remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.

Gearoid Lane, managing director of British Gas New Energy, said the system is "so simple to use" and eradicates the need for consumers to struggle with "complicated controllers".

"The introduction of Home Energy Management is an exciting prospect and will help bring the home into the 21st century, saving customers money, and reducing carbon emissions," he added.

Earlier this year, it was shown that trials in the Direct Energy Smart Home Energy Conservation Program found that consumers saved up to 44 per cent of their electricity usage during the period.

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