How does an automatic meter reading work?
An Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) device works by collecting a business customers energy usage, which is then sent straight to the energy supplier. The supplier will receive meter readings once per month, so you don’t have to forward it to them yourself. This allows for accurate billing each month as well as allowing customers to analyse their usage.
What is an automatic meter reading system?
An AMR is a piece of technology that is used to automatically collect consumption, diagnostic and status data from your gas, electricity and water supplies. The data is transferred to a database for billing, troubleshooting and analysis.
What are the benefits of an AMR?
More accurate billing – AMR meters eliminate the need for manual meter readings which can lead to errors. It allows businesses to be confident of an accurate billing on their energy usage. No more guesstimate bills!
Costs reduced – AMR meters can help businesses reduce their costs by providing greater visibility of their consumption, this allows them to identify areas where they can save energy and money.
Efficiency improved – AMR meters can help businesses improve their energy efficiency by providing real-time data on their consumption. This allows you to identify areas within the business that are wasting energy.
Reduction in waste – Improvements to AMRs have brought a potential reduction in carbon emissions through the data received.
What are the benefits of a smart meter?
No more meter readings – An energy meter reading is normally a last minute job, you’ll struggle to find the number and then forget log in details of your energy supplier. With a smart meter you don’d need to do any of this as your readings are sent automatically to your supplier.
Estimated billing is a thing of the past – Now that your meter readings are sent directly to your business energy supplier you won’t be overcharged on your energy bills.
Reduce your energy usage – Your energy usage will be monitored with a smart meter, so you can see where you’re using too much energy and how you can reduce it.
What is the difference between an AMR and a smart meter?
They sound pretty similar right? They track your energy usage and send it across to your supplier, so what’s the difference between a smart meter and an AMR?
An AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) and a smart meter are very similar as a smart meter is a type of AMR. An AMR only sends data from the customer to the energy supplier whereas a smart meter will send data to both the energy supplier and the business customer.
As smart meters are able to send information to the user, it allows them to understand the amount of energy they’re using each day. Beneficial if you want to cut costs on your energy bills.
Which type of meter is right for your business?
Each business is different, and there are lots of factors that come into play when selecting the right meter for your business. If you want a new meter and need help with organising a meter installation then we’re here to help.
To organise a new meter through us you’ll need to take the following steps:
- Arrange a site works visit through DNO/National Grid
- Get into contact with us via phone on 0800 977 7000
- We will provide you with a quote
- Arrange a date for installation
And it is as simple as that to do, and we’ve got plenty of experts on hand to ensure you get all of the help you need.
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