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Benefits of AMR Smart Meters

Posted by efficiencydirect on August 7, 2013

Date:   08-07-2013

An AMR or smart meter is an advanced utility meter. AMR stand for Automated Meter Read.

This means that the meter collects half-hourly consumption data and transfers the data to an energy management system where it is stored and can be analysed. The half-hourly data can be collected for gas, electric and water and removes the need to outdated and time-consuming manual reads.

AMR is ideal for smaller sites just under the 100kW threshold for half-hourly meters. Smart meters can be used to monitor electric, gas and water consumption and communicates via GSM technology for remote energy reporting. The half-hourly data can also be used by the utilities supplier to produce the monthly utility invoice.

This is a more accurate method of collecting consumption data meaning that supplier invoices are less likely to be estimated. A central server collects the data for analysis and billing.

What Are The Benefits Of AMR?

AMR provides accurate consumption data for:
•    Accurate and timely tenant billing
•    Monitoring of electric, gas & water
•    validating utility invoices
•    Identifying energy savings
•    No more estimated bills
•    Improved Budget and Accrual
•    Energy Monitoring and targeting becomes a useful management tool.

Energy consumption information can be used to raise awareness among building occupants and to produce league tables with the aim to reduce business energy spend.

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