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They aren't cutting the fee because they've seen "cost savings." They're cutting it because they took wicked heat about all the federal tax stimulus money they took to speed up the installation process. As a result they were being widely accused of double-dipping on consumers/taxpayers. Corproate welfare is drawing more scrutiny from the peons these days, you know.

So sorry, but their little 19 cent drop in the monthly charge isn't enough to convince me to put away my tin foil hat. You might want to get one yourself, a good heavy-duty model even, once you see what they're going to start doing to consumers as soon as the meters are all installed.

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Correction.....there are new Itron remote-sense guts behind the old rusty gas meter dials. Neighbors have the same thing, new Itron devices on the old meters and old dials. This way they did not have to alert consumers as meters were not turned off, and no resetting/ keeping track of old/ new readings as had to be done with the electric meters. And presumably by not alerting public, cut down on calls from the tin-foil hat crowd. Apparently in California folks complained about the radio emissions from smart elec meters.

Yeah just a new cover....

Itron does have a retrofit remote-read dial unit for attaching to older gas meters. I see the 40 series in bad-dog yards and behind high fences.

https://www.itron.co...0Endpoints.aspx

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We received our in-home monitor for the pilot program today -- at first look, it seems like it gives almost the same information as the web site.

It is "connected" to the meter but hasn't had time to do much...we'll see later.

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Corproate welfare is drawing more scrutiny from the peons these days, you know.

No, it's not. The GOP just swept into power in November. Corporate welfare is alive and well, as the slashing of entitlement programs will free up more money for the corporations. And federal, state and local governments are cutting their payrolls, which will require more corporate contracts to do the work that was formerly performed by government workers.

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We received our in-home monitor for the pilot program today -- at first look, it seems like it gives almost the same information as the web site.

It is "connected" to the meter but hasn't had time to do much...we'll see later.

I got mine about a week ago. Probably about the same info as the web site, but the difference is, this is in real time.

I have walked around the house with the monitor (it's wirelessly connected to smart meter) and turned appliances on and off to see what kind of draw they have.

It was pretty cool for the first day or two...now I just have it set on the "monthly" setting, to predict what my electric bill will be for the month. Right now, after 7 days, it's telling me to anticipate a $35.00 electric bill for the month. For some reason I think that's gonna change...as soon as we turn on the AC again!

All in all, I like the monitor, but I wouldn't pay $100 for it.

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I got mine about a week ago. Probably about the same info as the web site, but the difference is, this is in real time.

I have walked around the house with the monitor (it's wirelessly connected to smart meter) and turned appliances on and off to see what kind of draw they have.

It was pretty cool for the first day or two...now I just have it set on the "monthly" setting, to predict what my electric bill will be for the month. Right now, after 7 days, it's telling me to anticipate a $35.00 electric bill for the month. For some reason I think that's gonna change...as soon as we turn on the AC again!

All in all, I like the monitor, but I wouldn't pay $100 for it.

since it uses standard wifi, I imagine it's only a matter of time before someone hacks an android/ or iphone app that will do the same thing.

just did a cursory check of the android market and came up empty, but that doesn't mean I didn't look for the right keywords.

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