Currently there is no cost to Pooled Energy customers for the standard installation of a new smart communications meter. It is simply an up-to-date meter that can be read wirelessly. That is, you do not need a physical visit to your home and meter box to have your meter read.
The new technology has several benefits:-
- You can choose to have either TIME-OF-USE tariff or ANYTIME tariff (same rate all day). You may change from one to the other, once a year.
- You do not need a physical visit from a meter reader. Readings are wireless.
- Your electricity bills are accurate and based on actual data rather than a cycle of estimates mixed with corrections for actual meter readings, as happens with the older style meters.
- Smart Communications meters record your usage in (usually) 30 minute intervals and send the data via a communications link to the meter provider on a daily basis. This allows more detail if you want to analyse your usage.
- There is the future opportunity for on-line, near real-time monitoring of electricity use using Apps and the data provided by the meter.
- If you have Solar PV panels, the correct Smart Meter will record the energy you export to the Grid.