Our electric service customers have a combination of digital, odometer and dial displays, most of which are equipped with Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) technology. The AMI system allows us to take accurate meter readings on a daily basis. In turn, we can provide very detailed energy consumption information back to the customer. By comparing your monthly use over a period of time, you’re able to make more educated decisions about your usage, which may help you decrease your demand and lower your monthly bill.
We provide you with your monthly energy usage on your printed bills; however you may still wish to read your meter from time to time. Here’s a simple diagram to decode a dial meter:
The seasons in New England bring temperature swings that directly impact energy use, whether you’re heating your home in the winter or cooling it in the summer. In 2011, we rolled out a pilot program to a portion of our Massachusetts and New Hampshire residential electric customers to test various smart grid applications. We eventually hope to offer this service to all of our residential customers.
Programs such as this empower customers to be mindful of their energy consumption on a more frequent basis to understand how peak and off-peak periods can affect their energy costs. In the meantime, review your monthly bills to be sure you’re not experiencing avoidable increases in energy use and to help keep down year-round.