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What's a smart meter and how do I get one?

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A smart meter is an electricity meter with added functionality. Unlike the passive 'accumulation' meters many people have, which only read the amount of electricity used between readings every few months, smart meters digitally record data about energy consumption in real time. All households in Victoria already have a smart meter installed by their distributor, following a mandatory rollout. Outside of Victoria, while retailers can technically offer smart meters as part of their package, not many have been installed.

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