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 Want To Be Empowered
Smart Meters are letting people take control of their energy use - and energy bills - to a new level. It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or 30-room mansion. By tracking when and how you use electricity at home, Smart Meters help you identify ways you can waste less energy and that translates into more money in your bank account and a cleaner planet.
Learn more about how Smart Grid and Smart Meters are helping guarantee America's future by getting energy usage under control, today.
- Enables easy-to-use tools like simple online displays of energy use and prices and set-and-forget home energy management tools
- Facilitates broad-scale electric vehicle charging so that reliable, low-cost ways to recharge it anytime, anywhere exist
- Will generate tens of thousands of Smart Grid related jobs over the next decade
- Real-time pricing information helped consumers reduce their electricity costs 10% on average and their peak consumption by 15%
- How is the smart meter information transmitted?
- What are the benefits of the smart grid?
- Will I be able to read my Smart Meter?
- 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?
- Consumers discuss their in-home energy monitors
- Will smart meters increase my energy bill?
Yes. Smart Meters have an easy-to-read digital display instead of a series of dials. Once the communications systems are operational, you also will be able to track your daily usage on the internet. Gas meters will continue to have dials, as they do today. Watch a video on how to read your advanced meter.
The idea of the smart grid and the ability to communicate real time electrical market data to consumers will allow people to choose when to use electricity based on the smart grid rates. There is a lot involved in the electrical market and power pricing. Basically electricity is more expensive during higher demand times, usually mid week, mid day to evening. During the times if high demand electricity rates go up exponentially. This is due in part to the lack of generation capability and availability.
With the smart grid the communication of real time electricity rates to the consumer will be possible. This will allow people to choose not to use as much power during peak times to avoid high costs; this will overall reduce the demand. Smart grid compatible appliances or grid friendly appliances will be able to turn off and on automatically based on the cost of electricity at any given moment in time.