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The top 5 benefits of smart meters

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Smart meters have numerous benefits, from giving you greater visibility of your energy usage and solar exports to making estimated energy bills a thing of the past. 

They can do this because they read your meter remotely and send that data back to your power company every day. They record the data at half hour intervals, which means they’re incredibly accurate. 

So if you’re asking the question ‘why should I get a smart meter’, here are some of the reasons: 


See when and where you’re using energy 

One of the biggest benefits of smart meters is that the granular data they record allows for greater visibility of your energy usage. With this knowledge, you can better understand when and where you’re using electricity in your home which can help you adjust your usage and save money on your bill. 


Have greater visibility of your solar exports

Smart meters also record your solar exports which means you can see when your solar system is exporting the most electricity. By knowing this, you can take steps to use your energy-hungry appliances during these times and reduce the amount of electricity you have to buy when your solar system isn’t pumping out free solar power. 


Say goodbye to manual meter reads and estimated electricity bills

Because smart meters send your energy data to your power company remotely, you won’t have to have a meter reader coming around to do it manually anymore. Plus, your power company will receive your meter reads daily rather than quarterly, so you can say goodbye to estimated electricity bills once and for all. 


Get energy tracking and insights tools

It’s worth checking if your power company offers any energy tracking tools or insights services to help you access your smart meter data in an easily-digestible way.

At DC Power Co, we offer DC services for smart meter customers like our weekly insights email, called the DC Brief, and our Solar Alert to let our customers know if their solar exports ever look unusually low. And now, we’ve teamed up with Powershop to offer an exciting new energy offer called DC Power Plus, so you can get our great service along with 100% carbon offset energy by Powershop.


Get a smart meter for free

If you’re a customer with us and Powershop and don’t have a smart meter, we can organise to have one installed at your property free of charge*

Not a customer yet? Join the DC Power Plus energy plan to get the Solar Alert service, personalized advice to help you maximise your solar savings and access to our great solar panel and battery offers. 



*Powershop does not charge for the meter or its installation at your property except in cases where any additional onsite work is required to install the meter, in which case Powershop will levy a fee of no more than $100. Some examples of additional onsite work are minor asbestos removal, fuse replacements and link installations.

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