AMR and smart meters – what's the difference?
- 'Advanced meters' (often referred to as Advanced Meter Reading, or AMR) create a one-way communication channel between a business and the energy supplier.
- The AMR device records and counts the units of energy that run through the meter, and sends this directly to the energy supplier.
- The data collected is used to more accurately calculate invoices and also means that manual meter readings are no longer required.
With AMR, customers can also view consumption data, so they can more easily monitor opportunities for improved efficiencies.
Smart meters encompass all of the benefits of AMR technology, but they also show:
- How much energy a customer is using in near real-time
- Energy cost in pounds and pence (or if preferred, kWh or CO2 emissions)
For smart meters operating in prepay mode, it will also show:
- Amount of credit remaining
- Amount on the emergency credit balance
- Debt balance, if there is one
- Visual or audio alert if the credit is getting low