Types of Electricity Meters
At Metropolitan Electrical Contractors, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of all types of electricity meters used in homes across Australia. Among the electricity meter types you’ll find are:
Accumulation meter: Also known as flat rate meters, accumulation meters record how much electricity your home has used. They provide a cumulative reading and do not differentiate between how much energy you’ve used in peak and off-peak times. They typically either come as dial accumulation meters or with a digital display. A meter reader comes every quarter to take a reading of your accumulation meter and determines how much electricity you’ve used by calculating the difference between the current and previous figures.
Interval meter: Interval meters record electricity usage every half an hour, and provide a more thorough idea of household energy usage patterns. With an interval meter, your electricity retailer may charge you different rates depending on the electricity usage patterns taken from your interval meter data. You might be charged at a lower rate for off-peak hours and higher for peak periods.
Smart meter: Not only do smart meters measure electricity consumption, but they also send the data directly to energy retailers. The information from the electricity smart meter means that estimated bills become more accurate, and do away with the need for a meter reader.
Solar meter: For households that have opted for more energy-efficient solar power, solar meters are crucial. They record the amount of energy generated by your solar PV system, as well as solar electricity fed back into the electricity supply.
Understanding the differences between accumulation meters, interval meters, smart meters and solar meters helps to better understand your energy consumption practices. If you’re interested in making the switch from an accumulation meter or electricity interval meter to a smart meter, contact us about a meter upgrade today.