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12 Jul

Half hour electricity 2021: How does metering work?

by Simon Thompson
 

Here at D-ENERGi we often get asked about half hourly electricity and metering – how it works and how it can affect our customer’s bills. So, we have pulled together this handy guide to help you understand more about it and how it could be exactly what your business needs.

What is a half-hourly electricity meter?

A half-hourly electricity meter is a special type of meter provided by half hourly electricity suppliers. It is based on AMR (automatic meter reading) technology which is used to provide suppliers with a more accurate electricity reading – which is sent via a fixed-line every half an hour (which is where the name comes from).

The benefit of hour hourly readings for business owners is that the meter reading is automated, so you don’t have to mess around sending meter readings to your supplier – and you also access much more accurate bills as well.

Another benefit hour hourly electricity brings is it allows you to easily access consumption data from your supplier – meaning you can preview exactly how your business is using electricity throughout the day, helping you to make more informed decisions about how to run your business more efficiently by reducing your operational energy use.

Does my business need a half-hour electricity meter?

Having a half-hourly electricity meter is compulsory for any business that uses over 100kW of electricity, but if your business uses 70kW of energy or more you can opt to have a meter installed.

If you have recently moved to new business premises and are not sure whether you have a half-hourly meter or not, the easiest way to check is to look at your most recent energy bill. The bill will contain a number starting with ‘S’ and if the number following this starts with 00 then you do have a half-hourly meter installed.

How does half-hourly electricity pricing differ?

Half hourly electricity offers you the energy that is better tailored to your usage and your requirements as it relies on regular meter readings meaning the data gathered is much more accurate –removing the need for estimated billing.

We hope this article has given you a better idea of half hourly electricity prices and how half-hourly electricity can benefit small businesses. If you have any questions about anything, please contact our customer service team at 0800 781 7626 – they are always happy to help.