The first gas meter in London: How the new gas meter will work
The first of its kind in the world, the new Gas Meter London will enable homeowners to measure the gas supply from their gas meter and also to check the quality of their gas.
The new gas meters will be installed at more than 1,000 gas stations across the capital, including a major London hub called Tower Hamlets, to replace the old gas meters that are now in storage.
The first batch of meters will then be rolled out across the city, with more to come, and the meters will eventually replace the existing meters at every station.
“The Gas Meter is a first step in providing consumers with information about the gas they are buying and how much it will cost,” said Mr Faisal Mahmood, head of energy and water at London Gas.
“By making it easy to understand, it can help customers decide how much they are paying for their gas and help them make informed decisions about what to buy.”
In the past, the old meters were stored in underground tanks, or in the homes of those living near them.
The gas meter is made of a series of sensors that can detect a gas temperature in the range of 5 to 25 degrees Celsius, and a gas flow rate in the region of 10 litres per second.
This information is used to set the price for gas, which will then appear on a customer’s bill.
“There’s a lot of information out there on gas prices, but if we can put it into a convenient and easy-to-use app that people can access it they can make a more informed decision about how much to spend,” Mr Mahmood said.
The London Gas Gas Dispute Resolution Unit is expected to make final decisions about the new meters by the end of the year, with an aim of completing the project by 2020.
The system, which is a collaboration between London Gas, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), was tested in London and is expected be installed by 2019.
Gas meter in action In the meantime, customers can use the new technology to check if their gas is being used at their current rate of consumption.
“We will be testing the gas meter with gas that has been sold and then sending it back to customers to check that it is still being used for the current price, which should help customers make informed gas decisions about how they spend their gas,” said Matt Rourke, the Gas Meter’s product manager.
“It’s an important step forward to make sure that consumers are paying their fair share.”