In this day and age, everyone's going wireless---including utility companies. Gulf Power has taken the lead when it comes to installing new smart meters, which not only ensure accuracy, but save money too.
Panama City Beach customers already have Smart Meters installed and Gulf Power recently started replacing pre-existing meters east of the Hathaway Bridge.
The Smart Meter allows Gulf Power to read meters automatically without having someone physically travel to each meter. This reduces the number of times an employee will have to visit your location and reduce the number of trucks on the road, cutting emissions and saving fuel.
According to Gulf Power, the meters increase the accuracy rate of readings to ensure that customer bills are correct. The company says it will be conducting a system-wide upgrade over the next few years, which is part of a long term plan for all Southern Company affiliates.
"We're changing out our existing meters to AMI. You can read them remotely, they signal when there is an outage, and they provide more reliability for our service. They can even tell us when they have a bad circuit on the pole." District Manager John McDanal says.
Gulf Power says there is generally an interruption period during the installation, but it only lasts less than a minute.