More frequent usage data
Easier monitoring of your usage
Choosing how often you get your bills
All new electricity meters for residential and small business customers will need to be digital (advanced) meters from 4 December 2017. Plus, if an existing meter is faulty or aged and needs replacing, the new meter will be a digital meter.
Let's compare. Here’s a break down of the differences between basic, interval and digital meters:
|Basic (accumulation/traditional) meter||Interval meter||Digital (smart) meter|
|Tracks your energy use...||From one point in time to another (usually 3 months).||Every 30 minutes.||Every 30 minutes.|
|The meter is read by...||A meter reader physically attending the property, locating the meter and recording the usage reading.||A meter reader physically attending the property to download the readings.||Automatically sending usage data over mobile networks.
The digital meter also allows two-way communication
|Installation and maintenance arranged by...||Your distributor||Your distributor||Your retailer|
Yes, all meters installed in new properties will need to be a digital meter from 4 December 2017. Call us to find out more about this.
Yes, these rules are the same for small business, as well as residential, customers.
You don’t need to change meters immediately.
However, if your meter needs replacing because it's faulty or aged after 4 December 2017, then your new meter will need to be a digital meter. If you're building a new property, your electricity meter will need to be a digital meter.