What is a smart meter?
Smart meter" – or "advanced meter" – is an industry term that refers to a meter that communicates using digital technology. This advanced meter (also called a "digital meter") establishes two-way communications between the utility and metered premises, such as a home, business, factory or warehouse.
What are the benefits of advanced metering?
- Fewer estimated bills. With advanced meters, EPCS representatives will no longer need to enter homes to read meters, since they can be read remotely. Customers who read their own meters will no longer need to submit their monthly meter reading. Having an advanced meter will also help significantly reduce the need for us to estimate bills. Your energy bill will reflect your actual usage.
- Faster Service. Are you moving? With advanced metering, you may no longer have to wait hours or days for a EPCS representative to come to your premise to connect or disconnect your energy service. Two-way communicating advanced meters make it possible for utilities to connect and disconnect service remotely – saving time and reducing guesswork.
- Greater Control of how you use energy. The advanced meter is capable of capturing daily energy usage data, which, for many customers, will be available online the next day. Having this information available on a daily basis can help you make wiser energy decision and avoid billing surprises at the end of the month. Advanced metering also lays the foundation for better energy management tools for customers to manage their electricity usage.
- Quicker response to power outages. Although today you would still need to notify us if you were experiencing a power outage, since the advanced meter is capable of two-way conversation with our computer systems, we will know more about outages than we know today. This could help us respond faster to restore service. In the future, your advanced meter may even report the outage for you!