It goes by many names. Digital meter. Electronic meter. With remote metering. Smart meter! The name is irrelevant. What is important, is that the old-fashioned electricity meters, those normally found in the dark meter rooms in housing communities, can now do so many more things.
The technology breakthrough began in 2010 and will be completed in 2019. This is when all electricity meters in Spain will be digital, electronic, with remote metering systems… In short, smart.
But, what exactly do we mean when we refer to these gadgets that measure the kWh of electricity you use as being smart?
The 3 smart aspects of electricity meters
The new meters provide energy consumers with more power, because they provide them with more information. And information is power.
As soon as smart meters are installed and enabled, 3 important things change forever:
1. Economic smartness: no more waiting one or two months for your electricity bill with the sum of all the electricity you have used. Now you will know how much electricity you use every hour of every day and you will know only a few days after using it. This is key to spending less and for signing up to a tariff that suits your consumption patterns.
2. Mobile smartness: a technician will no longer have to visit your house to check how much electricity you have used. You won’t have to go down to the meter room to jot down now the little number and send it to the power company. The new meters send the readings all by themselves, constantly and in a reliable manner. There is no longer any need for estimated bills. All your consumption will be strictly real and you will be able to check it from your mobile or your computer. Anytime and anywhere. And if you want to change your contracted power, you don’t need a technician to visit your house, because this too can be done remotely.
3. Secure smartness: the new meters are tamper-resistant. The operating mode is monitored remotely at all times and any problems with your power supply will be quickly diagnosed.
How to find out if you have a smart digital meter
The process is as follows: the distribution company will send you a letter informing you that your old meter is going to be replaced with a new one. When this is carried out, your power supply will be interrupted for a few minutes. The process is simple and fast.
Once installed, there is one last step: your meter must begin to communicate. As soon as it is integrated within the remote metering system, you will notice that your bills are based solely and exclusively on your real consumption. The term “estimated consumption” will no longer be used.
If your power company is Endesa, you can access full information via your Private Customer Area. Here you will be able to find out if your digital meter has been enabled. This is where you can take full advantage of the system, since you can check your energy consumption every hour of every day.
You can find out if you use more electricity in the morning, in the afternoon, in autumn or in spring, on Tuesday or a Thursday… No more secrets on your bill.
- If you still haven’t registered at endesaclientes, register with your basic details.
- If you have already registered, access your Customer Area with your username and password. And take control of your electricity consumption.