No, it is illegal and unsafe to do so. Other than some limited exceptions the utility owns and maintains the metering equipment. This includes electric and gas meters used for measurement and billing, and other equipment such as transformers on the ground or on a pole. Removing or tampering with the property creates a safety issue, which may result in termination of service, and is considered a crime. If done improperly it can result in serious injury or death. Licensed electricians must contact utilities when work requires a meter to be removed, reset, or the power cut or reconnected at a customer premise.
I Care About Saving Money
Today's incomes don't always keep pace with a family's needs. Energy management through smart grid and smart meter technologies helps families be smarter on how they spend their money. A smarter grid could save consumers billions of dollars by reducing power outages and cutting energy waste, thus saving money on their energy bills.
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- Could mean nearly $600 in direct bill savings for the average household each year
- Gives you control over your power bill by making it possible to monitor and adjust your energy use through smart meters and home energy management systems that offer 24/7 rate and usage readings
- Reduces expenses to energy producers by allowing direct communication with end-user equipment to reduce consumption during these peak periods, lowering the need for costly standby power plants
- Some states offer new pricing plans that make it possible for consumers to save money by controlling how much electricity they use during times of peak demand when electricity is more expensive
- What are the benefits of the smart grid?
- Can I purchase and install or remove my own meter?
- How much progress has the smart grid made in the U.S.? How many smart meters have been installed?
- Edison SmartConnect Customer Success Stories: Cynthia
- Smart Grid: Where Power is Going
- Will smart meters increase my energy bill?
- John - SmartHours Consumer
One of the major potential benefits of smart meters is their ability to give consumers access to detailed data on their electricity usage via an in-home display or internet portals. In-home displays are not yet widely available but should become available with a variety of options in a range of prices in the future.
Smart meters are tested for accuracy and their primary function is measuring power usage. Similar to your old meter, smart meters will measure the energy that is used by residents of your home. The meter itself cannot and will not increase your bills. Your bills could actually be lower because smart meters and smart grid technology will provide you with personalized information and tools to decrease your energy usage. Old analog meters can stick or run ‘slow’ resulting in inaccurate bills. In cases like this, the smart meter will now provide an accurate reading of your energy usage.