Meters and Rates
You can manage your meters, and their settings and rates by selecting the Meters button.
Select the Edit button to add, remove or re-order your meters. To add a meter, select the green + (plus) button or the row itself, giving it a short name. To remove a meter select the red – (minus) button then confirm with Delete. To re-order your meters select and hold the icon to its right to drag it into the required position. Select Done when finished.
Select the blue buttons (or the rows themselves while editing) to configure each meter’s settings and rates.
Setting up your meters and rates is probably the most complicated thing about the whole application, especially as there are so many different ways energy suppliers and countries do this. If this section doesn’t help you, or if you think the app just can’t support your particular set of rates, please get in touch and I will do my best to help.
In the first section, set the name and type of your meter (Electricity, Gas, Water, Solar … etc) and the number of readings you submit to your supplier, typically 1 for an all day rate, or 2 for day and night meter like Economy 7 or Economy 10. Some suppliers require 3 sets of readings.
The meter format is how many digits there are before and after the decimal point.
The meter direction lets you use the app for meters that count down (e.g. oil, petrol/gas … etc) and meters where your readings ARE your usage (e.g. broadband data).
Currency will default to the region setting on your device, however if your meter is abroad (e.g. a holiday home), you can change this here.
If you are based in the UK, set the postcode for your meter, and if you have multiple properties at the same postcode, you can also enter your house or flat number to distinguish between each one. This information is used to get energy supplier prices for your area.
Notes is a free form text field that lets you store things like your supplier and tariff … etc.
Units refer to how you are billed, i.e. the unit of charging on your bill (typically kWh). For most meters, the billed units are the same as the meter units, so the conversion factor should be left as 1. However for gas, the billed units and meter units are often different. The conversion factor can be quite complex, involving calorific values, volume corrections and divisions, however the end result is a single number. It is easy to calculate this from your bill by dividing the number of kWhs you have been charged for by the units used on your actual meter (i.e. billed units / meter units). This should be approximately 11 for metric meters or 32 for imperial. Note that the calorific value can change between bills (in practice it changes daily!), but this is often by a very small amount so just ignore it.
Fixed (or time based) rates are typically an amount per day, week, month, quarter or year. If you have multiple fixed rates, simply add them together. If you do not have a fixed rate, leave this as 0.
For each of your readings, set the per unit rates. First of all select whether your rate is different per month, and whether is stepped, i.e. changes depending on usage. There are four options …
- If you are charged a single rate for all units, set monthly and stepped to OFF, then enter the rate you are charged
- If you are charged different amounts depending on your usage, set monthly to OFF and stepped to ON. Enter the amount you are charged per unit, the number of units this applies to and over what period, for each of your stepped rates. If the rate applies to all (remaining) units, leave it as 0.
- If you are charged a single rate for all units, but this rate varies by calendar month (or season), set monthly to ON and stepped to OFF. Enter the rate you are charged for each of the twelve months (some may be the same of course).
- If you are charged different rates for initial and remaining units, but the number of initial units varies by calendar month (npower in the UK have rates like this), set monthly and stepped to ON. Enter the initial rate you are charged per unit, the number of units this applies to for each of the twelve months, and the rate you are charged for all remaining units.
Set any discounts and your tax rate. Discounts can include both a fixed amount per set period (day, week, month … etc), as well as a percentage discount. The tax rate can be used if you prefer not to include tax in your rates.
Finally, if your rates change, select the “Add rate change” row to copy your current rates into the previous rates section. From here you can edit the date to which your old rates apply, then edit your current settings (as described above) to reflect your new rates.
If you accidently add a rate change, just select the “Rates to” row, then the delete button at the top right of the screen.