What is a smart meter?

What is a smart meter?

A smart meter is an electronic device that automatically captures information about a user’s consumption and then transmits it back to the retail company. Smart meters are usually used in electric, gas, water and other utility companies to track usage across their grids to better determine costs and infrastructure needs.

Benefits of a smart meter to the consumer

There are several benefits of smart meters to the utility companies, consumers and the environment. Let’s discuss some ways in which smart electric meters are beneficial to you

  1. Did you know that smart electric meters can provide quick, accurate measurements of electricity use thereby removing the need for estimated monthly bills or home visits from meter readers?
  2. Smart meters provide automated billing on a Pay-as-you-go basis. There are flexible recharge payment options for you through Utility apps, directly online, local shops and even USSD codes.
  3. With a smart meter, you have a better understanding of your power usage and know what to cut back on in your home to save money and energy. In other words, you maximize power in your home while working towards lower electric bills.

In addition, smart meters have remote monitoring capabilities. Therefore, there’s timely detection and response to faults on the connection by the utility company.

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