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Smart Meter

Smart Meter

Smart Meters eliminate the need to send representatives to your property each month to read your meter since meters can be read remotely. In addition, the state-of-the-art technology behind the Smart Meter system enables Georgia Power to provide customers with a host of new and future benefits.

Increased privacy – Smart Meters eliminate the need for representatives to regularly visit your property to read your meter, increasing your privacy.

Quicker power-restoration times – Smart Meters notify us immediately if there is a power outage, helping us more quickly pinpoint any problems and quickly restore your power.

Increased access to your energy-usage information – Smart Meters allow you access to view and monitor your energy usage online. This gives you more control over your monthly bill.

More pricing options than ever – Smart Meters give you the option to take advantage of current and future pricing rates that match your lifestyle.

Reduces the amount of pollution – Smart Meters allow us to take nearly 300 vehicles off the road and eliminate 14 million miles of travel.

How does a Smart Meter work?

A Smart Meter simply measures the amount of electricity a customer uses. The primary difference between a Smart Meter and an older mechanical meter is that the Smart Meter can automatically and remotely transmit a customer’s total electric usage to Georgia Power using a radio signal.

How to Read Your Smart Meter?

A Smart Meter simply measures the amount of electricity a customer uses. The primary difference between a Smart Meter and an older mechanical meter is that the Smart Meter can automatically and remotely transmit a customer’s total electric usage to Georgia Power using a radio signal.

meterReading your Smart Meter is easy. In fact, it’s similar to reading the odometer on a car – only instead of calculating the miles you’ve driven; your smart meter shows you how much electricity you used.

Electricity usage is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). A Smart Meter measures the amount of kWh you’ve used.

A Georgia Power Smart Meter displays a series of numbers. If you view your Smart Meter and see 8888888, this means the display is in ‘test’ ‘mode, indicating the meter is working properly. After a brief moment more numbers will appear. This is your meter reading.

To find out how much energy (kWh) you’ve used over a given time, take an initial meter reading. At a later time, take a second reading. Subtract the first reading from the second reading to determine how much electricity you have used during that time.

Using the meter to the left as an example, the initial meter reading is 35832. If you go back to the meter at a later date and it reads 36500, then you’ve used 668 kWh for that time period (36500 – 35832 = 668).

Residential Customers on Time of Use or Special Rates

Time of Use rates are designed to help you save money. During peak periods it costs more to produce electricity. With Time of Use rates, if you shift some of your electricity usage out of peak times, Georgia Power passes the savings onto you.

If you are on a Time of Use rate your Smart Meter still records your electrical usage, but it also records the time period during which you used the electricity. The time period is denoted by a number before the reading on your meter.

For example if an 11 is displayed on your Smart Meter followed by the number 843, then this means you have used 843 kWh during the On Peak time period. Just like the process above you simply subtract your current reading from your previous reading to find your current usage.

You can use the chart below along with your bill to read your meter and calculate your usage.

Display ID Reading Type (as shown on bill) Reading Type
888 Segment Check Segment Check
01 Time Time
10 Tot kWh Total kWh
11 Onpk kWh On Peak kWh
12 Wn Offpk Kwh Winter kWh
14 Sm Offpk kWh Off Peak kWh
16 Super Off Pk kWh Super Off Peak kWh
20 Onpk kW On Peak kW
70 kWh Received Received kWh

The energy use information collected by your smart meter can show you how your home is using electricity and help you manage your energy costs. To manage your energy usage online, sign in to your Georgia Power account and select “My Power Usage.” From here you can view your daily energy usage, set alerts and view your monthly projected bill amount.

To learn ways to save money and energy use, visit our Save Money & Energy page for energy-saving tips and available rebates.


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