July 2010 Vol. 237 No. 7

Features

Smart Meters Gain Popularity Among Utilities and Consumers

As the United States continues to examine new ways to conserve energy, especially in light of the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, smart meters are gaining in popularity as a technology that can help homeowners and enterprises reduce energy consumption. In addition, the technology can greatly increase efficiencies inside the utility by improving meter reading accuracy, reducing operational costs and enhancing customer service – all while reducing service calls and shaving carbon footprints. In an industry that has changed very little since the day Edison invented the light bulb more than 100 years ago, technology is indeed revolutionizing the electric utility sector

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