What is a smart meter?

Posted in Energy essentials

Smart meters differ from basic meters in that they digitally measure when and how much energy you’re using in your home. 

This means your energy consumption can be read remotely and with greater accuracy than that of a basic meter. It also means you don’t need to have a meter reader come out to your property to manually read your meter, and you can say goodbye to estimated energy bills once and for all.  

The two-way communication abilities of smart meters also mean they can be used to do other things remotely, like disconnecting the electricity supply to a property without the need of a field technician or to notify your electricity distributor if the power goes out. 

 

What can a smart meter do for me?

Not only will you no longer have a stranger poking around your yard once a quarter, but a smart meter can help you take control of your energy bill. 

How? Your smart meter can give you access to really detailed information about how and when energy is being used in your home, which means you can understand and adjust your energy usage in order to save. 

To access this data in an easily-digestible way, see if your power company offers any energy tracking tools or insights services for customers with smart meters. 

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