What Are Smart Meters?
Many utilities are now replacing old analog meters with digital smart meters. Rather than having to be read once a month, these new smart meters transmit information about a customer’s energy use in real time. As a result, smart meters can tell not only how much energy customers use, but also when they use it and even what they’re using it for. By providing such detailed information, smart meters empower consumers to be more energy efficient, helping them lower costs.
However, despite the potential upsides, not everyone is a fan of smart meters. Critics have raised objections about privacy issues and whether the promised savings are all they’re cracked up to be.
Below you can find an overview of this debate that will help you decide whether getting a smart meter is worth it.