CenterPoint EnergyElectric Transmission and Distribution
Consumer Benefits of Smart Meters
New products, more savings, better service

CenterPoint Energy's smart metering system is the first step toward moving the electric grid into the digital age. Our smart meters have two-way communication capabilities to allow consumers to view their electricity usage in 15-minute increments and on demand, which can encourage them to save energy and money.

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Smart meters will make possible a new energy future :

  • Remote meter reading - CenterPoint Energy can read smart meters remotely, which means more privacy for residents, fewer estimated meter reads, and easy on-demand reads.
  • Remote service connection/disconnection - Faster service, lower cost to consumers to move or switch retail electric providers.  No more fees for move-ins or re-reads.
  • Automated outage notification - Smart meters can automatically notify CenterPoint Energy about power outages to help us restore power more quickly.
  • Energy efficiency and savings – Consumers can see their electric usage history at to better manage energy costs by making small changes such as adjusting the thermostat.
  • New products and services - Retail Electric Providers, who sell electricity, can now offer new services such as pre-paid service, “time-of-use” rates, or energy analysis tools.
  • Home Area Networks (HAN) – Smart meters can interact with ZigBee -compatible HAN devices such as thermostats or other electric appliances so consumers can monitor and control them remotely.

Check with your Retail Electric Provider for more information on their smart-meter-enabled service offerings.