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Right now in Australia, it’s mandated that smart meters replace any old electricity meter that has reached the end of its lifespan. If you’ve just built your dream home, you’ll be required to install one.
Before any installation takes place, your retailer will get in touch with you and give you notice. You won’t have to pay your installer anything, and any costs you might incur will be from your provider and these vary. Your electricity will be turned off briefly while the installation takes place, usually around 30 minutes to a full hour.
Ensure that your installer has unobstructed access to your meter. Inform your electricity provider if otherwise.
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CORY MCGOWN - Electricity Broker
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, 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 typically only read once every three months, so if you wanted monthly bills, two out of the three bills will be estimated and may not be an accurate reflection of your usage.
Benefits of a Smart Meter?
The main benefits include: Remote reading that stops the need for manual readings, accurate monthly billing, the ability to change your tariff type, the capability to access real-time information online, or on integrated retailer apps.
What is a Smart Meter?
A smart meter measures your energy consumption and solar export (if applicable) every 30 minutes with high accuracy and sends the information onto your distributor.
Who cannot get a Smart Meter?
In some cases, smart meters may not be permitted due to the below:
How do I upgrade?
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 installation 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.
Read more about Smart Meter below
How much does it cost?
Electricity Monster can now source free upgrades for customers in NSW and QLD. In some cases, there may be an additional cost component due to abnormalities, but this will be communicated to you before you accept the order.
Solar & Smart Metering
Smart metering allows you to change from a gross solar meter to a net solar meter. Gross meters export everything your panels generate to the grid, whereas a net solar meter only exports whatever is left over, after your usage, to the grid. A gross meter setup only makes sense if the feed in or buyback rate is greater than the cost of buying power from your retailer.
How do I know if I have a Smart Meter?
If you are unsure, give us a call on 1300 232 848, and we will be able to check your meter type.
Will changing to a smart meter change my electricity plan or price?
No, nothing will change in your electricity plan or price. However, changing will allow you to change your tariff configuration if you choose to.
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 better.
What is a flexible pricing plan?
With Smart Metering, you can opt for a flexible pricing tariff. With this tariff, you will have three different usage rates know as Peak, Shoulder and Off Peak. Peak rates are higher as they apply to times when demand is highest, while off-peak rates are lower as they apply to times when demand is weak.
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 don't have to wait until your next meter read to be switched.
- Our mission at Electricity Monster is to provide you with the sharpest residential electricity rates we have based on your tariff & usage.
CORY MCGOWN - Electricity Broker
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.
So now you can get a better deal on your electricity & gas with 100% peace of mind. Electricity Monster is a 100% free service! Up to $100 protection peace of mind guarantee
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