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All About Smart Meters and Their Installations in Sydney

Dec 14, 2019 | Electricity Meter

Do you want to find out more about smart meter installation? Smart meter installation is becoming ever more increasingly popular. Perhaps you have received communication regarding smart meter NSW upgrades.

Many consumers are asking us the same questions:

  • What is a smart meter? What does a smart meter do, and why do I need one?
  • Do I have to have a smart meter installed?
  • How do I get a smart meter installed?
  • What does the installation process involve?
  • Are there advantages to having a smart meter installed?
  • What are the disadvantages of having a smart meter installed?

To some, the choice is simple. But there are many things to consider. Dave Fenech Electrical Services PTY LTD is here to assist you with all of your metering needs.

We are a level 2 electrician servicing all areas of Sydney.

What is a Smart Meter?

A smart meter is an electricity meter that is able to digitally measure your energy usage. It measures the amount of electricity you use in your household, and when you use it. 

Another question we often hear is, “How do smart meters communicate with the electricity service provider?” The technology that is built into the meter allows it to remotely send the information. With this type of meter, you will no longer need to have your meter manually read.

Smart meters also allow you to control them remotely. You can monitor your energy use and switch it off when you are not home. It allows your provider to switch it off and on as well. By doing this remotely they do not need to send a technician to your home. 

The technology also comes in handy when you have a power outage. You no longer have to notify the electric company about the outage; the smart meter will do it for you. This allows them to be able to take care of issues quicker and more efficiently.

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Do I Have to Have a Smart Meter Installed?

Dave Fenech Electrical Services is required to install smart meters for all new connections and meter replacements. If your present meter is working properly you do not have to replace it with a smart meter as long as you haven’t waived your right to opt-out through your service provider. 

How to Get a Smart Meter Installed?

If you are building a new home, you are already required to have a smart meter installed. If you have an existing meter, and are in need of or are thinking about a replacement call Dave Fenech Electrical Services to discuss your electric meter options.

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What do You Need to Know About the Smart Meter Installation Process?


During the installation process:

  • Our electricians need clear access to your switchboard and meters.
  • The installation process is usually quick and easy.
  • Your electricity supply will be cut off for a short period of time.
  • An adult needs to be present during the entire installation process.

Are There Any Benefits of Having a Smart Electricity Meter Installed?

Are smart meters any good? That depends on whom you ask. If you like to stay up to date on your electricity consumption, there are many smart meter advantages.

A smart meter allows you to take control of your electricity bill and save money. It is capable of providing you with important information such as how much electricity your household uses, and when. Having a smart meter installed:

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Allows you to have a better understanding of your energy usage. This gives you the information that you need to know how to make adjustments in your consumption.


You will have access to a wider range of services.


The information is shared with electricity providers who can, in turn, offer you better rates and more innovative products.


Your electricity service provider will be able to monitor your usage and detect outages quicker.


Helps the environment by eliminating the need for new power plants, reduce existing greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the pollution produced by meter reader vehicles.

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Are There Any Disadvantages to Having a Smart Meter Installed?

People don’t like change and many consumers are suspicious about how smart meters work. There have been many concerns that have been brought up regarding smart meter drawbacks. 

All technology changes have their benefits and disadvantages. In the long-term, smart meters will be able to accomplish a lot, but they do have their short-term disadvantages.

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Health Concerns

There is a concern that smart meters put off radio frequency electromagnetic energy, which is a form of radiation. People have reported headaches, tinnitus and insomnia after they had their smart meter installed. However, there is no evidence that links smart meters to these ailments and Government energy authorities state that smart meters post no health threats.

So, are smart meters safe? Yes. All smart meters must comply with the limits set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. These are the same limits that apply to other electronic devices such as cordless phones, baby monitors and Wi-Fi routers.


Security Issues

Privacy is a big concern in the computer age. Consumers are worried that smart meters can be hacked allowing outside influences to change usage or cut off the electricity. At this point in time, there isn’t any way to protect yourself from having your personal data collected.


Damage to Appliances

There have been reports that smart meters have caused damage to appliances and wiring. Electricity service providers have insisted that these new meters are not responsible for the damage.


Accuracy of Readings

There’s no way for consumers to validate if their new smart meter’s readings are correct.


Additional Fees

Smart meter installation has an additional fee.


Hurts the Economy

Since meter readers are no longer needed to check the meters, these employees are losing their jobs.

Can a Smart Meter Help Me?

If you are contemplating having a smart meter installed and want to find out more information before you make your final decision, give us a call. We will be happy to talk to you about your options and help you decide what the best choice is.

We service homeowners and builders in all areas of Sydney, Penrith, The Hills and Parramatta NSW. Contact us today on (02) 9833 9566. for your free quote. Here at Dave Fenech Electrical Services Pty Ltd, our electricians are experts in smart meters.

We are a level 2 electrician servicing all areas of Sydney.

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