A meter provider or accredited electrician will install the digital meter. There are a couple of different providers that can do this work on our behalf. They'll identify themselves when they arrive to install a meter.
If your meter’s outside and accessible, then we should be able to do the installation without you. Just make sure:
- the area around your meter is clean – check that there’s no debris, household items or obstacles in the way.
- pets or other animals are kept away from the meter.
- any gates that we’ll need to pass are unlocked.
- you'll let us know if you use a utility lock – or your own combination lock – as we'll need the code.
If your existing meter’s inside and hard to get to, you may need to be home to help us access it.
For a straight-forward meter exchange, the installation may take up to 1 hour with the power turned off for up to 30 minutes. If your meter setup is more complex, the installation may take up to 3 hours with the power turned off for up to 1.5 hours.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in the manufacturing of building materials prior to 1988. It was banned from all uses in 2003 because the inhalation of airborne fibres may cause asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. If your home was built before 1988, then your electrical meter board may contain asbestos-containing materials.
If there's asbestos in your meter board, the technician who will come to replace your meter will place a "Caution" sticker on the switchboard, talk to you about the condition of your meter board and make a recommendation on the next steps.
If you're not home, they'll leave a card and a fact sheet with a recommendation on the next step.
The owner of the premises is responsible for the meter board, so they'll need to arrange to have it replaced to upgrade your meter. This includes any specialist work that may be required to take care of asbestos risks.
The owner of the premises is responsible for the meter board, so they'll need to arrange to have it replaced to upgrade your meter.
You should employ a licensed asbestos remover. Some links to help you are as follows:
- Queensland listed businesses
- NSW listed businesses
- Victorian listed businesses
- SA listed businesses.
If you’re using an electrical contractor, you should talk to them about what’s required and ask how they plan to manage the potential risk of asbestos exposure. Make sure you’re satisfied with the safety control measures they’re putting in place before they start work.
Your energy usage data is secure. Only your energy retailer and meter reader have access to it.
Absolutely - nothing changes after installing a digital meter and your energy usage data is secure. Your energy retailer, meter provider and others (such as distribution networks and organisations involved in the collection and delivery of your data) are governed by strict regulatory rules around who needs to get it and what it can be used for.
Your electricity charges won’t change as a result of installing a digital meter.
Once you’ve had a digital meter installed at your property, you won’t be able to reinstall an older style meter.
No, as the customer of electricity at the property, you're authorised to allow us to install a digital meter.
If our technician finds any pre-existing problems with your wiring, they’ll let you know, and you might need to contact your landlord so they can organise an electrician to fix the issues.
Digital meters work with solar. If you'd like more information, just give us a call and we'll be able to discuss any queries.
Digital meters use 3G technology, the same way your mobile phone does. The meter contains a SIM card and uses the existing mobile network in your area to send meter reads back to your retailer.
Routine checks of electricity meters are carried out regularly to make sure they’re working as they should. We’ll always let you know when we’ve been past and what we’ve done.
If you’ve received a card that tells you we’ll need to do some work on your meter in the future, then it’s not a safety issue but we may have to do some modifications or repairs. We’ll be in touch to let you know when this will happen.
Meter exchanges typically do not require the home owner to be present, if your meter is outside and accessible, then we should be able to do the meter exchange without you needing to be on site. Just make sure:
- the area around your meter is clean – check that there’s no debris, household items or obstacles in the way
- pets or other animals are securely restrained e.g. securely in the house, fenced off area, on a chain. etc
- any gates that we’ll need to pass are unlocked
- you'll let us know if you use a utility lock – or your own combination lock – as we'll need the code
If you do need to provide us access and the date we have advised you is not suitable, please contact us on 1800 132 461.