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TommySTX
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So who has a new smart meter on their house that knows what every number that flashes across means?

I see 2 readings that may be my KwH usage but not sure which it is for sure.

There are maybe 4 separate numbers that display for a few seconds each and keep scrolling through so an explanation of all of them would be great.

I tried calling WAPA. First call, I was forwarded to another department where there was no answer and no VM setup to leave a message. Second call, I was given another number to call which ended up being the company that is contracted to install them so they could give no help on the readouts. Third call, I was forwarded to a supervisor where I left a message. Not real optimistic about getting a callback.

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2015 4:17 pm
TommySTX
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After some googling I may have figured a few things out but will have to doublecheck when I get home and look at the meter again. I should have mentioned I have a net metered solar system on my house as well.

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2015 4:50 pm
Alana33
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You're better off emailing them these days.
I tried in fruitlessly to get them by phone for a couple of days, kept all our reps are busy vs and then getting the voicemail box is full message so you could not leave a message. Out of desperation, I tried an email and got a response very quickly.

Good luck.

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Posted : July 1, 2015 5:50 pm
Alana33
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Here's what Landlord PM'd when I asked how to test it.
"You need to have an electric device certified and known wattage, at least 4000watts or more....I used an electric stove element with certification of 10,000watts!

A stop watch and the ability to count the number of revolutions of the disc on the meter...in the case of a smart meter...there is a digital bar set, 3 small bars to the lower right side of the dial.
these blink and flash like a "disc turning" and count them;

I don't have the math equation for the calculations but it also uses the meters own power code factor as printed on the face of the meter....when the calculation of time, wattage, power factor is done in seconds....the calculation will give a resultant in a decimal set of digits...this being the percentage plus or minus from the design factor. It should read 0.00 if running properly.
I am on the road right now, so do not have the manual I got from the meter manufacturer...
hardest part was to get the heating element and some easy clamps that could hook onto the 230 volt legs of the power panel. The element gets very hot too!
but I did three different tests and got the same result for each different calculation...altered the time in 30-60-90 second periods plus the new number of disk revolutions.
WAPA at first told me that they test each meter prior to installing...when I said I would take the info the PUC, they installed a new meter by 9 am the next morning without telling me they were coming!

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Posted : July 1, 2015 6:24 pm
vicanuck
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I have a net metered solar system with the same smart meter.

The numbers mean the following:

DL = Delivered (how much they sold you)
RC = Received (how much you sold them)
NT = Net (DL - RC = NT)
OC = Outages (how many power failures)

When the LEDs move to the left, they're delivering power to you, when the LEDs move to the right, you are selling power to them (I think, could be the other way around).

I hope this helps!

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Posted : July 1, 2015 7:28 pm
TommySTX
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That helps Vicanuck. That's what I found when searching around the web for awhile so I'm going to monitor my meter and make sure it works that way.

Do they reset every month or is it just cumulative over the life of the meter?

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Topic starter Posted : July 1, 2015 7:47 pm
vicanuck
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Its cumulative...

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Posted : July 2, 2015 11:17 am
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