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    Has anybody got any suggestions for a device for monitoring gas usage?

    Weíve been happily using the Loop Energy Saver for the past couple of years, the gas component sticks on to the meter front panel and monitors the dial rotations. Itís been excellent for showing us the impact of various things (e.g. working from home) on our gas bill.

    Problem is, theyíve decided to discontinue it, and although they are offering electric monitor users an upgrade path, they arenít supporting the gas portion going forwards. Remind me NEVER to buy a device that requires an external server to get data from my front door to my computer...

    I canít find any alternative anywhere. Any ideas?

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    Wow. I do seem to have hit on a unique problem. 200+ views and no suggestions.

    Does everybody with gas have a smart meter these days? I don’t believe it’s possible to get one in N.Ireland unfortunately.

    Sounds like a business opportunity to me... if it’s not a problem isolated to N.I.

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    I use Smappee for monitoring my gas meter. But the gas monitor only works in conjunction with the electricity monitor.

    Also, they seems to be going more upmarket, with installer based products, and not focusing on the end user market so much.

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    A quick Google came up with these
    Saveometer
    Fludia
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    Grrr. Had a complete response to all of these typed up, submitted and the forum told me I had a missing token. Lost it.

    Ok, so in summary...
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Saveometer is no good as it’s got no ability to get readings off the unit (and only updates at best once an hour and only 100cu/ft of gas at a time according to Amazon reviews
    Fludia would be interesting except it looks like part of a system I know nothing about and don’t want to get into interface boards and LoRa and writing custom software
    Smappee looks the most likely but the idea of installers (of which there are none in NI who actually seem to mention it on their website) doesn’t sound economically viable.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll keep looking I guess.

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    You could consider getting a smart meter. Octopus produces detailed usage graphs:D83AD2A2-8BAB-41E1-92EF-954EB9286087.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenGus View Post
    You could consider getting a smart meter. Octopus produces detailed usage graphs:D83AD2A2-8BAB-41E1-92EF-954EB9286087.jpg
    There ain't no Smart Meters in Northern Ireland... as far as I can tell.

    The Govt. scheme to get everybody upgraded to Smart Meters didn't extend as far as N.I. so none of our suppliers use or install them.

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    This is more a roll your own type device. . I think it uses an Arduino.
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    So I've just received the email notification from loop today.

    The "legacy" version of loop is being switched off on the 19th of December and while they'll send out one of their new electricity monitors for free to existing customers that means no gas monitoring. (Also I've looked at the new app which has been compatible with the legacy electricity monitor for a while, and it's not very good and doesn't give me the detailed graphs of the old system)

    One month's notice to look for something else isn't great in my opinion! Hopefully there is a way to download my historical usage data before it is switched off...

    So I take it from the above that nobody has really found a good alternative yet ?

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