Posted By: Camila Orti
There's a change coming your way from Lincoln Electric System; the company plans on replacing old meters with digital ones that will help with accuracy and efficiency.
They're called Automated Meter Readings, or AMR. LES representatives say they'll allow employees to get readings by simply driving down the street, saving the company time and money.
The new meters look almost identical to the old–fashioned meters you might have on your home. LES Vice President of customer services, Lisa Hale, says the difference is they send a signal to a hand-held device.
"It also requires that we be within proximity of the meter," Hale said.
LES is planning on installing 20,000 AMR meters each year, so that in a few years every home in Lincoln will have one.
"If it's in an ideal location on the side of someone's home we can be blocks away and pick up many many readings in a very short period of time," Hale said.
So many, Hale says, that meter readers could be 25 times more efficient, saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. She says LES customers won't see changes in their bills because of the switch.
If the meter on your house is difficult to see, Hale says the new system will ensure customers are paying the right amount on their bills.
The new devices aren't new to Lincoln- over the past ten years LES representatives say new homes and homes with hard-to-reach meters have had AMR installed. So far, only about 20 percent of Lincoln and Waverly homes have the digital meters.