How Smart Meters Work

 How Smart Meters Work 

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A traditional electric meter keeps an ongoing record of how much electricity your home uses. The meter is then read every month and you are billed for the electricity you have used. A smart meter is an electric meter that allows two-way communication between the meter and BGE via a wireless network. This two-way communication is the key to many of the smart grid benefits.
 
While smart meters are capable of providing many benefits for energy management and savings, they will not immediately provide these benefits upon installation. In fact, for some time your new smart meter will perform exactly the way your old meter did. BGE will use the new meter to determine how much electricity you have used at the end of each billing period, just like with your old meter.
 
Once your meter has been installed, you will be notified when you will have access to BGE's Smart Energy Manager where you will be able to better understand how you use energy, and find ways to save energy.
 
Smart meters are safe and secure
 
Smart meters have been thoroughly tested for safety and reliability.  These meters are also in use across the country, where they have undergone extensive tests by other utilities. Smart meters operate at a level that is much lower (1.4%) than the maximum permissible exposure limits for radio frequency, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission. Smart meters transmit for an average of about two minutes a day.
 
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Background and Reports
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • New Digital "Smart Meters" Spark Health Debate
    (Listen to the radio interview)
    Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
    Station: WYPR (NPR Affiliate)
    Date: April 10, 2013

  • Interview: Rob Gould, Vice President, BGE
    (Listen to the radio interview)
    Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
    Station: WBAL-AM
     Date: March 21, 2012
     
  • Interview: Peter A. Valberg, Ph.D., Gradient Corp. 
    Physics and Environmental/Public Health expert
    (Listen to the radio interview)
    Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
    Station: WBAL-AM
    Date: March 21, 2012
 

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