Unitil provides electric and gas service to specific regions of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and natural gas to specific regions in Maine. Not sure if you’re in our territory? View our service areas.
Your meter could be one of several models we use in our service areas. Digital and odometer displays are the most straightforward to read because they present your energy usage directly; dial meters can be a little more difficult.
Your meter tells us how much energy your property has used in the previous billing cycle and can help keep you informed of your monthly energy use, too. By comparing your monthly use over time, you can make more informed decisions about your usage and find ways to lower your monthly bill. Unitil’s meters are read through our AMI or Automated Metering Infrastructure technology, that allows us to take accurate meter readings remotely, without visiting your location.
It can be tough to distinguish which parts of your electric service equipment are your responsibility, and which parts are Unitil’s to fix. During a power outage, we’re responsible for repairing the overhead electrical lines that run from the utility pole to your residence and for the electric meter. You’re responsible for repairs to other parts of your electrical system, including:
Weather head and insulator — the point where electric lines connect to your residence Service entrance cable — runs from the weather head to the meter base and continues to the service panel in your home
Meter base (box) — your electric meter is mounted to this
Main service panel — includes the fuse boxes and/or circuit breakers and wires inside your home
When hiring a contractor for post-storm services, we recommend you get several quotes. Once the repairs have been made, please call Customer Service at 1-888-301-7700 so we reconnect your service to our power lines.
Customers are responsible for all equipment inside the building, beginning at the meter.
This includes the union (where the meter is attached to the line or pipe entering the structure) and all lines after the union, including those within the structure. In some cases, the line from the meter to the structure is buried; however, the customer is also responsible for the maintenance of this line.
Unitil is responsible for all equipment prior to entering the building. This includes the gas service pipe, the regulator and the meter.
We encourage our electric customers to install renewable energy systems on their property to generate their own renewable energy in parallel with our existing electric infrastructure. While such a project can be a big undertaking, you’ll be helping to offset your electric usage which can lower your monthly utility bill. You’ll also be joining a community of customers that support the development of renewable energy alternatives locally and nationally.