What is a Smart Meter?
A Smart Meter monitors and records how much electricity you use and when you use it. It then communicates this data wirelessly to a central computer. Time-of-use (TOU) rates vary depending on the time of day, the day of the week, and the month of the year (summer or winter). This technology will provide you with the information you need to make choices about how and when you use electricity.
- Look like standard digital meters and fit into a standard meter base (modifications are not necessary for most installations);
- Measure and store electricity consumption data over short time periods, usually an hour;
- Communicate electricity consumption data automatically to a central computer, usually by radio frequency or power line communications; and
- Do not automate any customer equipment or electricity usage patterns.
- Smart Meters will not automatically result in energy savings. Smart Meters will allow you to view your hourly electricity consumption profile and will help you identify periods where you may wish to consider shifting usage to manage your electricity usage and costs.
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