THIS week Ausgrid began installing more than 300 new smart grid meter boxes in Scone.
Scone is one of five sites in NSW to be part of the federal Smart Grid, Smart City national trial.
Ausgrid spokesman David Mulalley said the new meters would give consumers more power over their electricity use.
“The new meters will give people a better understanding of how to control their power,” Mr Mulalley said.
“People usually receive bills every four months about their power usage; this is a fairly big change, because this is real time and it is the meter that allows this to happen.
“People will be able to measure different appliances in real time to better understand how much energy each appliance is using.
“There are special plugs that can be put on different appliances and the plugs communicate with the meter and are reported in real time on a
“You can view your power usage via your i-phone and you could turn off the airconditioner remotely.”
One resident who has opted to participate in the trial is Patricia Sunderland, who said she could see the benefits of the technology.
“If it is going to help us see what we are using in the house then that’s a good thing,” Ms Sunderland said.
“If you have an older fridge you might see if it is worth buying another one.
“Most people get their bill and think ‘I didn’t use all that’. I think it is a great study; it will tell you straight away what you are using.”
The trial will finish in September next year.
Ausgrid also regularly installs new digital meters in the area, which are different to smart grid meters.
Digital meters only provide measurements every 30 minutes, do not connect to a website and do not measure individual appliances.
Digital meters are usually installed when power boards are upgraded.