Your Place: Possible Causes of Surges in Electricity Use
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By Alan J. Heavens
“We have two meters — one was an off-peak meter,” she says. “The computer is picking up total usage for both meters on some days and the usage for the off-peak meter on others, hence the low-to-high readings.”
But “this does not alter the fact that my electric usage has almost doubled on the main meter since the smart meter was installed,” she says. The utility’s initial response is that the old meter was not measuring true power usage. “The off-peak meter is maintaining the same usage as in the past,” she says, adding, “I have registered a dispute to see if they will check the meter.” Let’s see how this one plays out.
©2013 The Philadelphia Inquirer
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