The electric meter at your house measures the amount of electricity you use in kilowatt-hours (kWh). One kWh is equal to using 100 watts of electricity for 10 hours. Your monthly electric bill is based on the amount of energy you use. (A customer who uses 2,000 kWh will have a higher bill than one who uses 1,000 kWh.)
Smart meters are uploading usage information daily. SMECO uses meter data to bill you monthly. The time between billings may vary from 27 to 34 days if a scheduled bill date falls on a weekend or holiday. The date the meter was read and the number of days in each billing period are printed on your bill.
How to Read Your Meter:
SMECO uses smart meters that automatically send information such as outage alerts and energy usage for meter readings. Learning to read your meter can help you keep track of your kWh usage. The displays on the smart meters cycle through seven screens, which change every few seconds.
Watch our smart meter video for more information on reading your meter.
Screen 1 - Display Test:
The first screen in the sequence simply verifies that the display is working properly.
Screens 2 and 3 - Your Electricity Use:
The second screen is a marker for the next screen, which shows the amount of electricity used as measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). For most residential customers, the third screen shows all they need to know.
Screens 4 and 5 - The Electricity You Generate:
Some customers have solar panels or other means of generating their own electricity. The fourth screen is a marker for the upcoming screen, which displays the amount of excess energy produced by the customer’s solar panels. SMECO’s meter doesn’t measure how much energy you produced and used during the month.
Screens 6 and 7 - Your Electricity Demand:
The sixth screen is a marker for the upcoming screen, which shows electricity demand. Demand is the maximum amount of electricity that you consume at a given time. The seventh screen displays the amount of demand as measured in kilowatts (kW). Commercial customers who operate large equipment are billed for their demand.