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What You Need To Know About Smart Meters

What You Need To Know About Smart Meters


More and more people are choosing to switch to smart meters because they offer valuable insights into electricity usage and can help save money in the future. But how do they differ from basic meters, and should you consider getting one?

Smart meters are gaining popularity for good reason. They go beyond just measuring energy consumption, providing real-time monitoring and communication between utility providers and consumers. This two-way communication allows users to access detailed information about their electricity usage patterns, offering a level of transparency that basic meters can’t match.

What is a smart meter?

Traditionally, a meter reader visits your property to collect data on your electricity usage. However, with a smart meter, the process eliminates the need for on-site visits. The smart meter autonomously transmits usage information directly to your electricity provider. Using a digital communication system, it records electricity consumption at intervals as frequent as every 5 to 30 minutes.

Why should you get a smart meter?

  • The smart meter provides detailed and regular information to your electricity provider, allowing for personalised adjustments to meet your specific energy needs.
  • Beyond basic functionality, the smart meter measures the quality of your electricity and can promptly detect power outages, enhancing reliability and awareness of your energy supply.
  • Optimising the use of solar systems and battery storage is facilitated by the smart meter, providing insights into your electricity needs and aiding decisions about the appropriate size of solar systems for your property.
  • Smart meters excel in accuracy, measuring energy consumption more precisely than other meters. This precision enables your retailer to bill you for your exact usage, promoting fair billing practices.
  • Access to accurate energy data allows you to evaluate and compare different energy plans, ensuring that you can make informed choices about the most cost-effective and suitable energy deal for your specific requirements. In essence, the smart meter becomes a valuable tool in optimising energy usage, promoting sustainability, and making informed financial decisions.

How do you read a smart meter?

Most energy retailers will provide you with an app to use, which will have all the information for you to look at. Another option, however, is to buy an in-home display, which connects to your smart meter. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to see in real-time how much electricity you’re using and how much it is costing you.

How does a smart meter work with solar?

Knowing what solar system to get when considering adding solar panels to your home can be confusing. A smart meter can help you make that decision. A solar meter also allows you to use the energy you generate at home before exporting excess back to the grid. It’s doing the work for you so that you can get the most out of your solar panels.

With a smart meter, you can have more control over your energy account and know more about your energy needs. Smart meters are exactly what they say they are – they’re smart.

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