How to Know If your Electric Meter is Working Correctly
The San Diego Electrical Professionals Society (SDEPS) is encouraging homeowners to get to know their electric meters more to take advantage of its many benefits. The SDEPS says much can be learned about a household’s energy use and habits with the smart meters, and this data is very important for each home.
SDEPS president John Lucas says for homes who are trying to bring down their utility bills, the information that can be provided by the Smart Meters can help them be aware of which areas do they spend the most, and what they can do about it. “They can trace which appliance they use the most and how much that appliance contributes to their monthly bills. If that appliance is old and due for upgrade, but the homeowner is thinking twice whether to spend for that upgrade immediately, the data from the Smart Meter can at least help them decide if the purchase can still wait or if they badly need an energy efficient fixture ASAP,” Lucas explains. Electricians
The United States Department of Energy shared more information about Smart Meters in their website. “Smart meters can be used with home energy management systems such as Web-based tools that your utility provides or devices that can be installed in your home. Smart meters can display your home energy use, help you find ways to save energy and money, and even allow you to remotely adjust your thermostat or turn appliances off.” Read more about Smart Meters here.
The New York Times also published an article on Electric Meters, particularly both the positive and negative reactions consumers may have about it. In that write-up they mentioned the benefits as claimed by its proponents. American Lighting Association
“Consumers can benefit, smart-meter proponents say, because they can use a variety of add-on devices of their choosing, or online services that allow them to view the meter’s real-time data too. The problem, some experts say, is that many smart-meter rollout programs have simply stuck the new boxes on the sides of homes, without fully explaining to consumers what smart meters are, how they work and what they can do to make the most of them.”
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The SDEPS Says no matter what type of electric meter is being used in a home, the most important thing is that the homeowners know how to read it properly. This information according to the SDEPS is best provided by the electrical service provider of the household.