Every time you flip a switch, use an electrical appliance or start an electric motor, the electric meter measures how much electricity is used.
The meter is like the odometer on your car. By reading the odometer at regular intervals and subtracting the beginning reading from the ending reading, you can determine the distance travelled over a certain periods. Your electrical meter operates the same way. To calculate how much electricity you have used, subtract the earlier reading from the current reading.
Radio Interrogated (RI) Meters
Maritime Electric is in the process of replacing residential dial read watt hour meters with new Radio Interrogated meters. A Radio Interrogated meter is a solid state single phase meter with an easy to read digital display. The meter transmits a signal to a hand-held meter reading device carried by our personnel. This device reads the meter electronically then the data is downloaded to a computerized billing system. There are several advantages to this new technology in that the customer can easily read their own meter to monitor daily or weekly consumption patterns and the customer is issued a monthly bill based on actual readings, not estimated usage. It is anticipated that all residential customers will be metered with Radio Interrogated technology by 2013.
A Dial Meter is an electromechanical meter that operates proportional to the power being used. This type of meter has a revolving disk and a series of dials and pointers. The more electricity being used, the faster the revolving disk moves. Each complete revolution of the disk measures a precise amount of electricity. This measurement is indicated by the position of the pointers on the dials. These dials and pointers on the electromechanical metering device records the amount of power used and a Maritime Electric Representative visits the meter bi-monthly to manually input the reading into a computerized device to be downloaded to the billing system.
Our meters are tested and approved by Measurements Canada.
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