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 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. Infographic about the various ranges of electronic devices in comparison to a BGE Smart Meter.
 
Smart meters provide many benefits for energy management and savings. Customers with smart meters 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 and money.

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. 
 
  • Learn more about the privacy and health facts of smart meters
 
 
 
Background and Reports
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • New Digital "Smart Meters" Spark Health Debate
    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
    Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
    Station: WBAL-AM
    Date: March 21, 2012