How Do Smart Meters Work?
All smart metering systems generally consist of two parts.
One, the actual meters which replace the traditional gas and electricity meters. The second is a flat screen display, which is usually a portable screen, or it can be fixed to a certain position – which reveals how much gas and electricity a property is using and how much the usage will end up costing.
Both parts of the system work together to ensure that users receive accurate information about their energy use in real-time and the smart meter will automatically share these readings with the properties' gas or electricity supplier, which helps to ensure that energy bills are always accurate.
A smart meter has enhanced communication capabilities and takes meter readings wirelessly through a robust and secure network and it will dispatch gas readings every half-hour and electricity readings every ten-seconds to the smart meter display. Users also have the option to have this data sent to their energy supplier at monthly, daily, or even half hourly intervals, which has even greater benefits.
Sending this data to a energy company more regularly means in essence, that they possess the data which will assist them better to advise users on where and how they could make savings. Smart meters can also help people and businesses to reconnect quickly, if users have their energy supply cut off unexpectedly.