The smart meters …

electric meter


gas meter


The water meter is in the basement, and not in the easiest spot for picture taking.

We’ve had smart meters, gas and electric, since 2007. It’s allowed the utilities company to reduce the number of meter readers to a small handful. Our water meter was installed when our water district went from flat-fee to amount used. A reader will appear if the meter fails or reports an unusually high or low usage number.

Over the past 2-3 years, as the use of smart meter technology has become more prevalent, with some asserting there are privacy concerns. It’s been suggested smart meters give the power and water utility companies the ability to monitor your activity in terms of usage, what kind of appliances you may have, when you’re home or away, awake or asleep, etc. Whether a utility meter can gather that kind of information is highly unlikely. But, then again,  you never know.