Well, we can finally unwrap one of the little projects The Lab has been working on. Along with the Department of Energy and Climate Change we're aiming to stick QR codes on customers' energy bills.
The proposal has the grand name of: "A consultation on proposals to amend domestic energy supply licence conditions - requiring provision of key energy data in a machine readable format"
Customers will receive their energy bill as normal. Printed on the bill will be a QR code which lets the customer compare their usage, get energy efficiency advice, and potentially switch to a cheaper tariff.
This project has been gestating for a while - being first mentioned in the House of Commons in October 2012 - and is now being empowered via the Energy Act.
This is the first time The Lab has helped with such a stately project - and we certainly hope to do more of this sort of work in the future.
We know that QR codes are divisive for some - but they remain the cheapest way to put complex information on a piece of paper. They don't require a proprietary app, and can be used even on really quite basic phones.
We'd love it if you were to respond to the consultation.
— Terence Eden (@edent) June 17, 2018