From mechanical to digital meters: Smart meters make energy consumption more transparent and help save electricity.
They measure electricity, gas or water consumption by the second and help to reduce costs – smart meters are gaining ground. Starting this year, their installation has been mandatory for certain households in Germany. This applies, for example, to those with particularly high electricity consumption or to private electricity producers such as the operators of mini combined heat and power units (CHP) and photovoltaic systems. According to the 3rd EU Internal Market Package, 80 percent of consumers in the EU are also set to be equipped with intelligent measuring systems this year.
Smart Metering: A Beautiful New Energy World
As part of the transition to renewable energy, smart metering will help to efficiently integrate solar energy, wind power and thermal power plants into the electricity portfolio and optimize grid utilization. This not only eases the burden on power plants, because they then run less frequently in partial-load mode, for example during power peaks, but also can lead to new business models, such as dynamic electricity tariffs. Energy operators can then always offer electricity particularly cheaply if a lot of wind or solar energy is fed into the grid. Consumers' attitudes towards smart metering have also changed significantly in recent years: increasing environmental awareness among customers in the face of rising emissions and scarce domestic energy resources means increasing acceptance of intelligent measuring systems.
Saving Electricity With Iot Technology
What's more, smart meters enable tenants and property owners to monitor how much electricity, water or gas they consume and when, as well as how much they have to pay for it. In addition, they identify which of their appliances, such as the washing machine, vacuum cleaner or refrigerator, are the biggest power guzzlers. And they see how and when they can save more energy – for example using standby mode for PCs, televisions or music systems. Property managers, on the other hand, save time and money because they no longer need to have the devices read manually. Companies can also use smart metering to improve their power consumption, optimize their energy management and reduce energy costs with IoT technology.
Electricity meters are often installed in the basement, usually without an internet connection nearby. That means it’s not possible to establish a network connection to a smartphone, tablet or computer. IoT solutions help customers to conveniently receive and evaluate this information via a data interface: NarrowBand IoT, i.e. broadband radio modules, transmits the smart meters’ compact data information directly to a tablet, PC or smartphone. NB IoT completes the digitalization process and makes it much easier for property managers and private households to take meter readings. A particular benefit is that it is cost-efficient to buy and operate, and the standardized LTE-based technology is very secure.
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Ümit has been working at T-Systems since 2015 and knows a great deal about many facets of the Internet of Things. He is particularly interested in topics related to the digitalization of the business world. For the blog, he reports on new developments and trends in the IoT world that offer real added value for customers.
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