Just like interval meters, smart meters record how much electricity is used every 30 minutes.
Smart meters may also send the information directly to your poles and wires company. We also receive that data as your electricity retailer.
Given that smart meters can be read remotely, they do not require a meter reader from your local poles and wires company (Distributor) to visit your property to collect data – this also means no ‘estimated bills’ due to meter readers not being able to access your property.
Smart meters can also connect and disconnect you more easily when you move. As a form of interval meter, you may be able to move to different electricity rates for usage at different times of the day, such as Time Of Use pricing, depending on your tariff.
If you are in VIC, you can find out more information on smart meters including how you can access the information about your electricity usage by visiting the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.