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14 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re The Grown-Up In Your House Share

Being the grown-up means you get all the responsibilities. But with the new smart meter rollout, you'll never have to give a meter reading again. That's one less thing to worry about!

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1. You're probably the only one who knows how to use the iron.

...which means everyone's always asking you if you mind just quickly doing a shirt for them when they see you've got the ironing board out.
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...which means everyone's always asking you if you mind just quickly doing a shirt for them when they see you've got the ironing board out.

2. And no one really fully gets the thrill when you manage to get a good deal on your gas and electric.

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However, they do get the cuddly toy. So everybody wins!

3. You're forever turning lights off...

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Sadly, you probably don't have a clapper.

4. ...closing cupboards and drawers...

every time I go in my kitchen it looks like my house is haunted. #lazyness

5. ...and reminding everyone that food doesn't go in the sink, it goes in the bin.

the noise I make when I touch a piece of soggy food in the sink

6. You're the one entrusted with all the dealings with your landlord.

For which, you're always at your diplomatic best.
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For which, you're always at your diplomatic best.

7. And "entrusted" with the chore of taking the meter readings too.

Mainly because no one else knows a) where they are, b) which one's which, and c) what you're supposed to do with them once you've found them.
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Mainly because no one else knows a) where they are, b) which one's which, and c) what you're supposed to do with them once you've found them.

8. You'll feel like a nag when your flatmates forget to pay you the bill money.

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Asking once is fine, but it's the third time when you start having to get strict.

9. In fact, you wonder why they steadfastly refuse to just set up a "direct debit".

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I mean, it would make their lives so much easier!

10. And while you would hate to say "I told you so"...

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You do occasionally have to point out where they might be going wrong. (Just so the place doesn't burn down.)

11. You're the one who took the time to read the instructions on how to set the timer on the boiler.

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Why doesn't it seem to be coming on? Because it wasn't switched on!

12. You're always thinking to pick up various bits and pieces for the house.

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Which effectively makes you the toilet roll fairy!

13. And while it might seem naff, there's a lot to be said for redeeming a money-off coupon or two.

Especially when you can smugly cancel off £20's worth of shopping with your vouchers.
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Especially when you can smugly cancel off £20's worth of shopping with your vouchers.

14. But, despite the extra work, it feels kinda nice looking after everyone.

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Because you're the glue that keeps everyone together!

Calling all grown-ups out there – did you know every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their supplier at no extra cost?

That’s right, between now and 2020, whether you rent or own, you’ll be offered a smart meter, allowing you to see how much you’re spending, in pounds and pence, in near real time. Readings are sent straight to your supplier, so you won’t overpay for estimated bills – and you’ll avoid that bill credit awkwardness every time someone moves out.

More than 4 million have already been installed! To find out how you can get a smart meter from your supplier, visit the Smart Energy GB website.