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SoCal Edison Set to Install Smart Electric Meters to Conserve Energy

Smart electric meters will help Southern California Edison customers conserve electricity with knowledge and scheduling options outside peak hours' high costs.

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Smart Electric Meters for Southern California

Southern California Edison has received state approval to install smart electric meters that will be linked to a computer website that customers can check day by day to see how much electricity is being used.

Knowledge can lead to greater conservation, and the new generation of smart meters bring information to households and businesses so they can tell who much energy is being used at critical times such as high rates during "peak hours".

SoCal Edison will roll out new billing programs that allow the consumer to choose energy use for the time of day when electricity costs Edison less per kilowatt to generate and the savings can be passed to their customers.

Edison will install meters in 5.3 million homes from 2009 through 2012 and in late 2009 some new time-sensitive rate options will be introduced.

Manufacturers also are launching dishwashers and other appliances that can be easily set to run automatically when electricity costs are lower.

Sustainability and Conservation with Smart Meters

Paul De Martini, the utility's vice president in charge of the Smart Meters program, said the cost of getting the new metering program up and operating will increase utility rates by an average of 1.5 percent for the first four years.

But when the meters and new programs are in place, some studies say households who seize the opportunity to save based on better information and programming, can save 5 percent to 15 percent on their monthly bills.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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