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How can I get a free smart meter?
Submit your details above or call us on 1300 743 173 and one of our brokers will check if you qualify for a free smart meter upgrade.
How is a Smart Meter different form 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 a energy retailer providing monthly bills, two out of the three bills will be estimates 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?
There are many benefits to installing a smart meter, the main benefits include: Remote reading to stop the need for your distributor to come out and manually take readings every 3 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 you 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 can get a Smart Meter?
In some cases, smart meters may not be permitted due to the below:
How do I upgrade to a Smart meter?
For NSW and QLD installations call us on 1300 743 173 or fill in the form above. Form 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.
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How much does it cost?
Electricity Monster can now source free Smart Meter upgrades for customers in NSW and QLD. Some cases there may be an additional cost component due to abnormal meter installs, but this will be communicated to you before you accept the order.
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.
How do I know if I have a Smart Meter?
Below is an example of a smart meter. If you are still unsure give us a call on 1300 732 275 and one of our agents will be able to check your meter type and configuration.
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 to a smart meter. However, changing to a smart meter will allow you to change you tariff configuration once installed.
Will my Electricity Bills be lower with a Smart Meter?
While a Smart Meter itself can't lower your energy bills, having access to real time data can help you mange your usage and in turn this can reflect on a lower power bill. It enables you to look your consumption throughout the year and plan your 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 3 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 when you have a smart meter. It actually makes the process 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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