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Smart Electricity Meter

The pros and cons of smart electric meters. (Photo Credits)

Smart electric meters are digital devices that have taken the place of analog electric meters in some households. Like the traditional meters, smart meters track electrical usage in a property – this time though without the utility person having to visit the home to manually read the meter at the end of the billing period.

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Personal Finance website The Balance came up with a blog post explaining the advantages and disadvantages of having a smart meter in the home. Electricians

“Smart meters can provide quick, accurate measurements of electricity use while eliminating the need for estimated monthly bills or home visits from meter readers. While this seems like the smart thing to do, there are concerns that smart meters are collecting unnecessary information about hourly electricity use. This collection of data could, potentially, be a violation of users’ privacy.”

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Pros Vs Cons

Home improvement website, The Spruce also widely discussed the pros and cons of smart electric meters. One of the advantages they cited is that it can help a household to be on top of its electric bill.  Builders and Contractors 

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“A home energy management system with compatible, interactive devices connected to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) has potential energy management benefits. For example, smart meters may one day enable consumers to program electricity use for nonpeak hours when power is available at a lower cost.”

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British Media The Telegraph meantime shared the experience of some households in UK who opted to use Smart Meters. One of the issues discussed in the article they published are the disadvantages of having this type of metering system.

“The successful operation of smart meters can also be a postcode lottery. Live in an area with poor mobile signal? There’s a chance your smart meter won’t work. This was the issue for Mrs Forman. The mobile reception was not good enough, which forced her smart meter to revert to “dumb mode” and send estimated readings.”

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To know more about smart electric meters, get in touch with an electrical service provider or check out the energy department’s published information on switching to smart meters.

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