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A Breakdown of the UK’s Budget for Sustainability

Thinking back to last month, Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, made headlines as he unveiled the Spring Budget. His announcement showcased a range of key initiatives aimed at steering the country towards a greener, more sustainable future, with a notable focus on energy.
  • Investing in Clean Energy: A massive £120 million has been set aside for a clean industry fund. This fund will support various sectors pivotal to the UK’s energy transition, including electric vehicles, low-carbon aircraft technology, battery storage solutions, offshore wind farms, and carbon capture projects.  
  • Nuclear Power: The government has committed £160 million to developing two nuclear sites. While one location remains undecided, the other is confirmed to be built in North Wales, with ownership from Hitachi Japan. This move emphasises a strategic shift towards nuclear energy as part of the UK’s energy mix, as it will reduce carbon emissions and ensure long-term sustainability.   
  • Windfall Tax Extension: The windfall tax was introduced because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict due to the surge in gas prices. This meant that North Sea oil and gas companies were taxed more, which targeted the profits of these companies. The announcement was that the government decided this tax would be extended an extra year for the companies to 2029 rather than 2028.   

However, among these commitments, one notable absence was the lack of specific investment in plans to achieve net zero goals, not just for businesses but for the country.   

While the Spring Budget gives us a rough idea of what’s to come, businesses must remain adaptable in navigating the evolving landscape of energy transition and sustainability.   

We are dedicated to supporting your journey towards net zero with tailored solutions for your exact business requirements. Call our experts today on 0191 303 7750, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

How to read your Business Energy Meter

Understanding how to read and submit accurate meter readings for your gas or electricity usage is crucial to ensure you receive precise billing. The process may vary based on your meter type, but we are here to help make that process as quick and as efficient as possible.  

It’s important to give us a meter reading before your contract starts so we can let your supplier know how much energy you’re using at your premises. This will help make sure that you are billed correctly. You can continue to send monthly meter readings to us at metering@geab.com to make sure you’re paying the correct amount throughout the length of your contract. This can be done by simply sending us a photo of your meter. 

If you’re not sure what kind of meter you have, below we outline guidelines for various popular meters to help you how to give us a meter reading: 

Smart Meters: 

If you have a smart meter, it will be straightforward for you to see your reading, as it should be shown on the screen.


Electricity Meters: 

For electricity meters with a digital display: 

  • Read the display from left to right, focusing on the main numbers. 
  • Disregard numbers in red, anything after a decimal point, or any additional spaces. 
  • Submit 

Economy 7/Domestic Economy Meters: 

If you’re on these tariffs, your meter will display two sets of figures for regular and cheaper hours. For Economy 7 or Domestic Economy meters: 

  • Locate your meter display’s ‘Low’ and ‘Normal’ rows. 
  • Read both sets of numbers corresponding to energy used during regular and cheaper hours. 
  • Submit both readings for accurate billing. 


Gas Meters: 

For gas meters, readings may be imperial or metric. 

Imperial Meter: 
  • Read the first four numbers from left to right. 
  • Please Include leading zeros but ignore red numbers or anything after them. 
  • Note: If the meter reaches 9,999, it resets to zero automatically. 
  • Submit 


Metric Meters: 
  • Read all five numbers. 
  • Disregard red numbers or any subsequent figures. 
  • Submit

How to submit a meter reading to The Green Energy Advice Bureau: 

Whether you have a smart meter simplifying the process or a traditional meter with digital displays, understanding the specific steps ensures that you provide your energy supplier with precise readings. Regularly submitting accurate readings not only helps to avoid billing discrepancies but also contributes to a more sustainable and responsible use of energy. 

We’re here to make this process as simple as possible for you, don’t hesitate to contact one of our energy experts at 0191 303 7750 or metering@geab.com. They are dedicated to assisting you and providing guidance for a seamless energy meter reading experience.