Electric meter types.
PAY AS YOU GO METERS or PREPAYMENT.
A Pay As You Go meter allows you to pay for your gas and electricity as you use it. You won't receive a bill, so it's a simple way to pay for your energy.
It helps you to budget for your energy use, and you can see how much energy you use on a daily basis. Top up cards are purchased from your landlord unless it is a coin meter which just takes pounds.
ECONOMY 7 ELECTRIC METERS.
Economy 7 gives you seven hours of cheaper electricity overnight. It’s designed for homes with storage heaters and water immersion heating, as you can charge them during the night. Your meter will have two rates – a day and a night rate. Each will record all electricity used during those times.
The amount you pay per unit on the day rate is more expensive than on General Domestic, but the night rate is cheaper. This lets you heat both your home and your water more efficiently.
In simple terms the smart meter is an electronic electricity meter that sends the meter data via sim card to a set ip address allowing retrieval of the data anywhere in the world.They can also be read on screen as any normal electric meter.They can also be turned off and on remoteley.
The smart meter can only work though where there is an available phone network available so remote areas may not be able to have this type fitted.
DISC TYPE METERS OR CREDIT METERS.
These meters many of you will recognise as the type that has the spinning disc these meters have a disc which spins faster the more electricity you use this then in turn counts the revolutions of the disc to a display for the user and supplier to read,these meters are ultra reliable a bit too reliable as all of the companys that produced them have gone now.
ELECTRONIC CREDIT METERS.
Electronic meters display the energy used on an LCD or LED display, and some can also transmit readings to remote places. In addition to measuring energy used, electronic meters can also record other parameters of the load and supply such as instantaneous and maximum rate of usage demands, voltages, power factor and reactive power used etc. They can also support time-of-day billing, for example, recording the amount of energy used during on-peak and off-peak hours.
SINGLE PHASE AND THREE PHASE.
The termonology for single phase and three phase refers to the live wire going in to the meter,single phase is one live in where three phase is 3 lives going in,single phase is used where the circuit is only going to require 240 volts and the three phase is mainly used for commercial where appliances are running up to 415 volts.