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Help Your Texas Electricity Smart Meter Work for You

Make Your Texas Electricity Smart Meter Work for You

Also known as an "Advanced Metering System," the smart meter is now used throughout Texas to record energy use and consumption in detail and transfers it to your local utility company in 15-minute increments. This is in contrast to the old as opposed to the old analog dial meters, which displayed only the total energy used, but not when the energy was used.

What is a Smart Meter?

Smart meters provide an easy way to track your energy consumption, while enabling electrical companies to offer different pricing depending on when customers consume the most energy. Smart meters have already been implemented in countries all over the world, including Italy, Japan, Canada, and Australia.

The smart meter works on a two-way communication system, sending and receiving information to the energy provider from the consumer's home. This system benefits the consumer in two distinct ways:

  1. The smart meter can report power outages instantly, which means your local utility company can restore your power faster.
  2. Whenever there is a problem with your service, the company can resolve it without having to send a representative to your house or business.

The smart meter also benefits the environment. Since you can now track your usage more effectively, this can help you conserve energy by turning off appliances when not in use and adjusting thermostats. If households and businesses begin to decrease their energy usage, it decreases the need to create more power. Having less power production will create better air, free from many pollutants. Also, since utility companies will be not sending their employees to properties, this will decrease fuel consumption.

How Can I Learn More about My Smart Meter?

Smart Meter Texas is a free website operated by the Texas Public Utilities Commission. It allows you to access daily and hourly electricity usage and analyze these patterns. According to Smart Meter Texas, "The average Texas household spends $789 per year to cool their home, $184 per year on lighting, and $206 per year using space heaters." The smart meter allows you to really track how much energy you consume and how much you spend on it.

We recommend that you visit SmartMeterTexas.com and register your smart meter so you can have access to monthly and daily usage reports versus just the monthly bill. Being informed and aware of our energy usage will help conserve our planet.

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