“It’s a win-win.” Could new smart meters save you money on your energy bill?


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We are living with unusually warm temperatures across the Wabash Valley, but colder days will be here before you know it. Which could mean switching on the heat in your household.

How would you like to save money on your next energy bill? Advancements in technology are making that possible for Terre Haute residents.

“It would cut back on manpower for Duke Energy. There’s a savings there for us and the customer too,” said Rick Burger with Duke Energy.

The company is doing away with old dial-turn technology. Upgraded, smart meters will eliminate the need for meter readers. “The things that will benefit the customer? Faster service. No longer will we have to send someone out there for a disconnect or a reconnect,” said Burger.

The question on everyone’s mind, how will it affect your bill? New programs will accompany the meter which could help you use your electricity more wisely.

“You’re going to be able to choose when you might want to use your electricity, and you’ll see how you use your electricity, so that’s a plus too,” said Burger.

Vigo County is the first to receive the new efficient units, test piloting the system for the entire state of Indiana. “Here in the Wabash Valley we have 50,000 we’re changing out,” said Burger.

Most smart meters will be up and running by mid-2017. They will be installed in Clinton, Sullivan, and Putnam counties within the next two years.

“It’s a win-win. It’s a win for Duke Energy and our consumers out there too,” said Burger.

If your home is next to get the new meters you will receive notice in the mail or a door hanger on your residence. Only certified technicians can replace your meter. For safety reasons, ask for proper identification.