So my question to you is this… have you ever designed or created a piece of jewellery using parts from an old analogue meter? If your answer is “no” you have just made me feel better (ha-ha) because I been assigned to this remarkable mission. I’m sure I will have lots of fun while creating it but I need some inspiration and ideas from you guys. I really wanted this to be our project, where we can brainstorm and see the progress together.
You might remember when Smart Energy GB challenged me to bake without estimates, if not check it out here. They have a history of coming up with some cool yet hard challenges so, I am not surprised with the materials that I will be working with to create my jewellery:Now, you might be wondering why I would be using these not so flattering components to create a beautiful piece of jewellery. Here’s a little overview:
Behind this project is a serious message about the rollout of smart meters. Smart meters are new digital meters, replacing the old analogue meters most of us have in our homes. Every household in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier by 2020, at no extra cost.
Smart meters are available to all homes. If you are a renter you can still get a smart meter. If your name is on the bill you can just contact your energy supplier. If your landlord pays the bill they will need to speak to the energy supplier.
What’s so good about smart meters?
– Having smart meters installed means an end to estimated bills and no more phoning in manual meter readings
– They show you in near real time, on a handy in-home display screen, how much energy you are using, in pounds and pence
– If you are a prepayment customer you will be able to top up your credit online, over the phone or as you do now by visiting your local shop
So while I have been given the chance to create some stunning pieces of jewellery from the inner workings of an old analogue meter, by 2020 we all be part of the smart meter revolution sweeping the country.
The cool thing is that I will be able to add additional materials such as clasps, chains and attachments to make it look fabulous and feminine. What would you guys create with these pieces? Let me know in the comments below.
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