Smart Meter

A Smart Meter provides additional features over those of the traditional electromechanical electricity meters that most people will have seen in a home. The picture shows one supplier’s example of a Smart Meter for electricity. There are many different designs of Smart Meters – and the most common characteristics of a smart meter are as follows:

  • It records consumption of electricity during short time periods (for example every 15 minutes rather than about two months between meter reads).
  • It can distinguish between and record the import and export of electricity.
  • There is electronic communication between a central control location and each Smart Meter that allows readings to be transmitted without the need for a visit by a meter reader or the consumer to submit a meter reading.
  • It can receive instructions to switch the electricity supply to the premises on or off.

Some businesses will already have a more sophisticated electricity meter, sometimes called an interval meter, which offers some of the above functionality. For those consumers, they will need to contact their electricity supplier to find out the suppliers plans in relation to Smart Meter rollout.

Smart Meter image

Click here for the advantages of a Smart Meter

The following additional links provide additional information on this subject:

CER information on Smart Meters

ESB Networks information on Smart Meters

ESB Networks information for business customers

ESB Networks guide on business meter reading

List of electricity suppliers

 
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