Smart meters are also called type 4 meters or advanced meters and they digitally measure how much energy you use. As well as measuring how much electricity you use on the property it can tell you when that use was and sends that data back to your energy provider so they can bill accurately with no need for manual readings. Smart meters offer users other benefits too which we will explore below and need a level 2 electrician, Sutherland Shire or where you are in to install them.
Additional benefits of having a smart meter
Smart meters are completely safe. Here are some more benefits of having a smart meter installed with a certified Sydney electrical service.
- Gives you more control as you have more information on how and when you use electricity. You can better make adjustments to become more energy-efficient and to save money.
- Give you access to other services such as battery storage.
- Helps electricity providers offer better products and services because their access to your data is relevant.
- For distributors of electricity, it allows them better knowledge and to respond more quickly to outages and minimize their frequency and their length.
- Give you the ability to use your smart devices like a phone to make changes.
Getting a smart meter
You might be thinking of moving to a smart meter because of a product you have invested in, or if your current meter is faulty or coming to the end of its lifespan. You can get a smart meter from several different retail options including your electricity provider but do not feel like you have to get it from them, compare your options and prices. You will see though that different retailers sometimes have different methods of charging. Some will ask for a lump sum on your electricity bill, some might charge a monthly fee. Just ask for all costs and fees to be upfront. Also, ask about installation using a certified Sydney electrical service that is reliable and professional.
Installing smart meters
As mentioned, meter installation, repairs or movement involves having a level 2 electrician, Sutherland Shire. Level 1 electricians are not trained or licensed to work directly with any aspect that connects to the main power supply. An installation will interrupt your power supply so plan for that. New builds are required to have smart meters installed as the standard option.
What if your power retailer wants to put one in and you do not want it?
If your issue with smart meters is the communications aspect of it, you can ask your power provider to disable that function though there are likely going to be additional costs you will have to pay as they will have to continue doing manual readings. If there is nothing wrong with your current meter you can opt-out of having a smart meter installation.
There are a number of benefits to having a smart meter especially if you are interested in energy efficiency and saving money. If your current meter needs replacing soon take a closer look at smart meters and you might be swayed!