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Meter Readings

By Graham Haley

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Description

Apple's iPad APP OF THE WEEK (UK and Ireland), March 2011

AppStore Rewind 2011, one of Apple's favourite iPhone finance apps of 2011 (UK and Ireland)

iTunes Rewind 2010, one of the top paid finance apps in the UK and Ireland (#6 iPhone and #2 iPad)

Closely monitor your household energy and water usage and the chances are you will SAVE MONEY!

This useful application makes it easy to MONITOR your household utility meters. Once you start entering readings, your usage, costs and savings are calculated and displayed in easy to visualise graphs.

For UK users, you can also compare your usage and costs against energy supplier prices in your area to see if you can SAVE EVEN MORE money. You can even switch suppliers directly from your device!

KEY FEATURES
- Monitor up to NINE separate household meters, e.g. electricity, gas, water, solar ... etc
- Quick entry of readings, as often as you like
- Displays your usage and costs for the latest readings period, and compares this with your average or previous year
- Plots graphs of usage and costs per day, week, month, quarter or year, so that you can visualise changes over time, e.g. against the previous year
- Import historical readings from a CSV file
- Export readings as a CSV file for easy import into a spreadsheet
- Local backups, with support for copying them by email, WiFi or iTunes file sharing for maximum protection of your data
- Universal app, works on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

METERS, CURRENCY AND RATES
- User configurable units, so the app could be used for other types of measurement
- Support for meters that count up (e.g. electricity, gas, water ... etc), down (e.g. oil, petrol/gas ... etc), or where your readings ARE your usage (e.g. broadband data)
- Uses the currency from your device's region setting, but you can override this per meter (e.g. for holiday homes)
- Handles a wide range of rates and charges, e.g. fixed or time based rates, per-unit rates, stepped rates for up to 12 levels, Economy 7/10, time of day meters ... etc
- Support for rate changes, if/when you switch supplier or they change your rates

BILLS
- Check your bills by comparing any pair of readings (e.g. those submitted to your supplier)
- View your usage and costs since your last bill, as well as an estimate of when and how much your next bill will be

PRICE COMPARISON (UK only)
- Compare your usage and costs against energy supplier prices for your postcode
- Completely independent tariff calculator from Energylinx, the UK's number 1 guide to utility prices
- Switch energy suppliers directly on your device, or email yourself a link to do it on a computer

POWER USER FEATURES (via a ONE-TIME in-app purchase)
- Dropbox and iCloud support to make it MUCH easier to share your data between devices (e.g. iPhone and iPad)
- Automatically use the rear-facing torch/flashlight when reading your meters (iPhone 4-6 only)
- Local reminders so you don't forget to enter your readings
- Additional colour themes (black, red, blue, green ... etc)

PRO USER FEATURES (via a ONE-TIME in-app purchase)
- Removes the restriction on meter numbers, e.g. for landlords, businesses and professionals

SUPPORT
Please don't leave support requests on iTunes as these are anonymous and I have no way of contacting you if I have questions. Instead there is a link to my support page from iTunes and from the app itself (or simply go to http://grahamhaley.co.uk/meters/).

Alternatively, PLEASE contact me directly via my support pages and you will get a quick response.

What's New in Version 4.4

If you like my app and appreciate these ongoing (free!) updates, please consider leaving a review on iTunes (or updating your previous review to version 4.4). There is a link to do this at the bottom of the settings screen. Thanks!

Added support for setting the meter conversion factor as part of a rate change. This is mainly for gas meters, e.g. where your meter units change from ft3 to m3. Adding a rate change on the day your meter changes lets you use a different conversion factor for each unit.

If your meter uses a single counter/reading, the most recent reading is now displayed on the Meters screen. This is useful when submitting readings to your supplier.

Minor bug fixes.

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Customer Reviews

Energy Efficient

Until I started using this app, I can honestly say that I had no idea how my gas and electricity usage varied throughout the year. I now religiously take readings every weekend and, as I've built up over a year's worth, I can see exactly when the spikes and troughs occur. This has allowed (and encouraged) me to think much more about how I use my electrical items and heating and, even more importantly, to save money by changing my habits. I'm really pleased that the developer has added the ability to make notes against readings, I think this will make the process of identifying the results of changes in usage (e.g. getting a more efficient fridge/freezer) even easier.

The app itself is well-designed and easy to use once the meters have been set up. The setup can seem quite confusing but this is entirely down to how utility companies charge for energy usage, and not down to the design of the app. To the designer's credit, full and detailed instructions on how to set the meters up are included in the app and he also responds readily to emails if there is anything you're unsure of.

So, if you're curious about where all those huge utility bills are coming from, you're thinking of getting solar panels and you want to see the effect, or you just want to manage your energy usage a little better, I can highly recommend this app.

Excellent

This really is a great app. Having moved into a new flat, I started taking daily readings and never stopped. Attempting to 'beat' yesterday's consumption is quite addictive! Very helpful in terms of energy efficiency; for example, one can easily see the reduction in consumption when using the microwave oven instead of the hob, or using a shorter washing machine programme. I've changed suppliers and meters recently, both of which were handled without difficulty.

Highly recommended.

Please keep up the good work

Thanks for continuing to update and improve what is already an amazingly useful app. It has helped me keep track of usage of gas and electricity as well as of generation from two types of solar panels for a number of years now, and thereby helped me to monitor the performance of the suppliers and their complex tariff structures to find what is best for my circumstances and switch when necessary.

Meter Readings
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £0.99
  • Category: Finance
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.4
  • Size: 1.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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