Smart meters are being deployed throughout the US. In Dallas, our Transmission & Distribution company – Oncor is pressing more than 3 million meters into service by the end of 2012. I already have a smart meter at my home and noticed a surcharge of $2.19 every month on my electricity bill. This led me to ask the question – “What are these smart meters doing for us?”. Here are a few things that I came up with.
Some benefits of Smart Meters are obvious while others are indirect. As we head into the summer season, these smart meters can be pivotal in keeping our cooling costs under control by increasing our energy consumption awareness. Smart meters can also eliminate the need for mechanisms such as rolling blackouts currently used to reduce peak energy demand. I feel that my smart meter is definitely worth every penny of the $2.19 I am charged every month.
What do you think? What has your smart meter done for you lately?
Prasad Dhond, Marketing Manager, Smart Grid Solutions, Texas Instruments Inc.
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