It was recently reported that smart meters could both save energy and money for consumers by decreasing usage, in some cases up to €200 per annum. This is a remarkable figure and one which, if implemented across our state agencies, would move us decisively towards our goal of reducing energy consumption within state bodies by one third before 2020: a goal which I fully believe we need to keep working towards, and keep firmly on the agenda.
In 2013, I pointed out that the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) had decreased its energy usage by 22% per employee in just one year. It was clear then, and it is now, that state bodies could take a leaf out of the NTMA’s book, as it seeks to reduce energy consumption by a third by 2020, and work to implement the same solutions. I similarly believe that the installation of smart meters could bring us towards that goal in a timely fashion.