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. This two-way communication is the key to many of the smart grid benefits.
Smart meters are capable of providing many benefits for energy management and savings, but they will not immediately provide these benefits upon installation. 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.
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.