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Electricity prices have been continuously rising in Australia, and it’s all over the news. Many families & businesses are struggling with these expensive power prices. Electricity Monster is a broker that compares rates from our partners.
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SMART METER INSTALLATION PROCESS
The process of upgrading your electricity meter from the old analogue models will ideally be completely painless. Right now, it’s mandated that smart meters replace any old electricity meter that has either broken or reached the end of its lifespan. If you’ve just built your dream home, you’ll also be required to install a smart meter rather than an analogue model. The good news is there won’t be any safety concerns when upgrading. There are a number of state and federal regulations in place designed to ensure the safety of both the homeowner and the installer.
Before any installation takes place, your retailer will get in touch with you. They will give you a fair amount of notice as to when the installation will take place. This will usually come in the form of a succession of letters as the install date draws closer. Once the install date arrives, your installer will show up at your door. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay your installer anything, any costs you might incur will be from your provider and these vary between each retailer. Your electricity will be turned off for a small period of time, around thirty minutes to a full hour. During this time your smart meter will be installed.
Ensure that your installer has clear, unencumbered access to your homes electricity meter. If there is a situation where your installers meter access might be impeded by a locked door or anything else, contact your electricity provider and inform them of the situation. Once the new meter is in place, your installer will provide you with everything you need to read your new meter. So long as you understand all the steps of the process that we’ve outlined above, your installation process should go completely smoothly.
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What are the benefits of smart meters?
How can I get a free smart meter?
Submit your details above or call us on 1300 232 848 and one of our brokers will check if you qualify for a free upgrade.
How is a Smart Meter different from a traditional meter?
Unlike a smart meter which can give you regular updates on your usage, a traditional meter only records the amount of electricity that runs through it. So, the only data you can obtain from a traditional meter is the amount of energy you have used since your last read. Traditional meters are also only read once every 3 months, so if you are with an energy retailer providing monthly bills, two out of the three bills will be estimated and may not be a true reflection of what you have actually used. The third bill you receive after your meter is read will reconcile against the estimated bills to make sure you are not over or underpaying.
Benefits of a Smart Meter?
he main benefits include: Remote reading to stop the need for your distributor to come out and manually take readings every three months, the ability to change your tariff configuration, live information sent to your electricity provider which allow you to read your information online and on integrated apps that some retailers supply.
What is a Smart Meter?
A smart meter measures your energy consumption and solar export (if applicable) every 30 minutes and sends the information onto your distributor. These meters s measure your consumption with great accuracy and will stop you receiving an estimated bill if you have received one in the past.
Who cannot get a Smart Meter?
In some cases, smart meters may not be permitted due to the below:
- Poor Wiring
- Current metering arrangement
- Asbestos or hazardous materials being present
- Evidence of meter tampering
How do I upgrade to a Smart Meter?
For NSW and QLD installations call us on 1300 232 848 or fill in the form above. From here we will pass your information to qualified installers who will arrange an installation date. The process generally takes less than an hour to complete, with power downtime of around 30 – 60 minutes. There is no need for you to be present at the property as long as there is clear access to the meter.
Smart Meter - NSW & QLD
Solar & Smart Metering
Installing a smart meter allows you to change from a gross meter to a net meter. Gross solar meter exports everything you generate straight to the grid, where a net solar meter allows you to consume the electricity at your property first and then exports whatever is left over to the grid. A gross meter setup makes sense if the feed in or buyback rate that you are getting for your generated electricity is greater than the cost of buying the electricity from your retailer.
Will changing to a smart meter change my electricity plan or price?
No, nothing will change to your electricity plan or price if you upgrade. However, changing will allow you to change your tariff configuration once installed.
Will my Electricity Bills be lower with a Smart Meter?
While Smart Metering itself can't lower your energy bills, having access to real-time data can help you manage your usage, and in turn, this can reflect on a lower power bill. It enables you to look at your consumption throughout the year and plan when you use energy based on your usage patterns.
What is a flexible pricing plan?
Once your Smart Meter is installed it will allow you to opt for a flexible pricing tariff. With this tariff, you will have three different usage rates know as Peak, Shoulder and Off Peak. This tariff configuration gives you a higher rate at times of high demand but rewards you with a lower rate at times of low demand. This plan works best for people who usage profile funs along the non-peak timings, or have the option to change their energy use behaviour to non-peak periods.
Can I change my electricity provider with a Smart Meter?
Yes, you can switch your energy provider anytime, with the process actually becoming easier and faster as you have access to real-time data and don't have to wait until your next meter read to be switched.
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If for any reason, after 6 months you are not happy with the retailer we switched you to, then we will set you up with any other retailer of your choosing from our panel and reimburse your exit fees where applicable up to $75 for your electricity and $25 for your gas.
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