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• The meter you have may impact your electricity costs. Newer (smart) meters have additional features that allow you to better understand your electricity costs and consumption (and access this information quickly) which could help you in knowing when to adjust your electricity usage in order to save money.

• If you have a smart meter, you can also purchase an in home display. These digital displays provide information not only on usage and costs, but also on when and where the energy is being used within your household. You can pull this data onto your phone or tablet too.

Some people may still have a traditional type of reader, known as an accumulation meter or flat-rate meter. There are newer versions known as smart meters. Below, you can read more about each meter type, how they work and what they look like. Electricity Flat-rate Meter

Also known as an ‘accumulation meter’, these types of meters record your electricity consumption since the meter was first installed (or last reset). If you have a flat-rate meter, you will need to read your energy usage by checking how much energy your household consumed since last checking it. A technician will need to visit your property to physically check the meter and record the data.

Interval meters are more advanced than traditional types such as flat-rate meters. Rather than measuring data electromagnetically (that is, with a traditional spinning disc) they record data electronically. They are called ‘interval meters’ as they can record energy use in half hour intervals. They often have a digital display. Electricity Smart Meter

A ‘smart meter’ is even more advanced than the interval meter. As the name suggests, it can do more than the traditional types of meters. It allows you to better understand your energy consumption in order to potentially save money. As of December 2017, smart meters will now be installed should you require a new meter.

This information can be useful in identifying whether there are potential savings to be made. For example, you could be saving money by using certain appliances during off-peak times. During peak times (generally during the day/after work) it is more expensive to use electricity. Some people choose to take advantage of peak and off-peak times by limiting energy use during peak hours, and using energy as needed during off-peak hours.

There’s no need for a meter reader to come by your property and read your meter anymore, either. This is because the smart meter sends data back to your energy supplier remotely. Smart meters also have the ability to notify your electricity supplier when there is a blackout, measure the quality of your power and allow the electricity supply to be switched on/off without needing a field technician.

The purpose of IDHs is to pull this data into your home, onto your computer or mobile phone in a way that is easy to understand. Simple versions of IHDs indicate whether you are in a high, medium or low price period based on coloured lights or symbols.

There have been some concerns around the possibility of smart meters being harmful to one’s health. According to ARPANSA, there is no evidence to support this concern. They advise “The scientific evidence does not support that the low level of RF EMR emitted from smart meters causes any health effects.” You can find out more on this topic here.