Smart meters look similar to conventional meters but the display is digital and there are no dials. Unlike conventional electricity meters that can only measure the total amount of electricity used over a billing period, smart meters record how much and when electricity is used, typically hourly, and transmit this information automatically. Your smart meter will record your total electricity consumption hour by hour and send that information to Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro through a wireless communications network.
Why do we need Smart Meters?
Between now and 2025, Ontario must build almost a whole new electricity system. This includes replacing about 80 per cent of the province's generating facilities as they retire over time, and expanding the system to meet future growth. Building new supply is vital. So is conservation. That's why the Government of Ontario is introducing new tools like smart meters that will encourage all of us to think more about how and when we use electricity. Smart Meters, when teamed with Time-of-Use prices, are new energy management tools to help customers manage their electricity use and costs, reduce the need for additional power generation during peak periods, and create real supply and environmental benefits.
When will I get my smart meter?
You should already have one. Niagara-on-the-Lake customers have been using smart meters since 2010.
Smart Things Your Smart Meter Does:
· Measure how much energy you use and when you use it
· Send your meter readings, automatically via wireless technology
· Eliminate the need for you to submit your meter readings
· Eliminate the inconvenience of providing access to meters located indoors, behind locked gates etc.