The local electric co-op has now installed new digital meters for 100% of members, and some folks are being surprised by higher-than-normal bills. The co-op has stated that old meters may have started to run slow as they aged, and that the new meters are far more accurate. Of course, folks with slower meters are accustomed to lower bills.

Any experience with this out there, in places where mechanical meters have been replaced with digital? I'd like to know if there's a big picture here.

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Watch for meter fees, some utilities are bumping the meter charge when they switch to digital. On our electric bill the meter fee is NOT a separate line item but bundled with "cost for electric service".  Verify KWH's have actually increased and weather wasn't a factor. Something a simple as a few Cable Boxes/DVR's that run constantly (even though they make the user think they are "off") can add a few $$ each month.

There aren't any changes in the billing structure or rates, just new meters. I get a three-year summary for each account I deal with, and there seem to be some definite spikes around the time meters are installed. At my own house, no such thing, my readings have been very consistent.

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