Smart Meters Will Increases Unemployment Rate

by Luke Johnson on December 2, 2010

Centerpoint energy and IBM teamed up to create the smart meter grid which will be featured in Texas.

The best thing about the smart meter is the amount of data that it collects.Smart meters will check your meter every 15 minutes were old meters would be checked once a month.

The technology will help Centerpoint do  more preventative actions to stop power outages before they happen.

As the technology continues to grow jobs will be lost.This new technology will decrease the need for manpower when it comes to trucks driving out to fix power lines.

The data collected from these smart meters can show if a tree limb is hitting the electricity line. This will prevent power outages and the need for more manpower.

“What does this mean for the job market?” This question we are all going to have to answer.

Is the technology more important than a job? As time goes on and things become more automated jobs will decrease. The jobs that will decrease are those that don’t require an education.

There’ll be at an increase  in demand for educated jobs. Not only educated but have the technical ability to fix problems on the job.

Centerpoint energy supplies electricity to thousands of customers a year. The smart meters will make your energy bills less. But at what cost? We offer a no deposit electricity plan which requires a smart meter.

If you’re not sure if you have a smart meter whenever you type in your information when you try to sign up for a no deposit electricity plan you’ll find out if your meter is up to snuff.

Smart meters are only available in the Oncor and Centerpoint zones, and it requires the customer to have a smart meter(the new digital meters).

It requires a smart meter because your service unlike most pre-paid companies is based off of actual usage, and they have to be able to monitor that in real time, hence the need for the smart meter.

When you go to enroll online it will ask for the street number and street name and zip code or the ESIID number for the meter, and with that it will automatically check to see if your residence has a smart meter or not.

If it finds that you do have a smart meter it will continue on to the next phase of the sign up and if you dont have one, the process stops there.

If you have any more questions just let us know and we will try and get them answered for you.

If your questions about our no deposit plans you can call us at 1-800-971-4020 and one over energy consultants will be able to help you.

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson has been writing about deregulated energy markets since early 2010. His knowledge has helped consumers lower their electricity cost. Connect with Luke on Google+.

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Sean December 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

How can new technology hurt us in any way? It helps us to live more comfortably, and advances our way of life. It can actually help to create more intellectual jobs. Instead of having the guy who only has a high school degree coming by regularly to check your meter, we can now upgrade to having a college educated person inventing this new technology, as well as another college educated person fixing the meter when it messes up, as well as installing them. Just because it won\’t have the \"average worker\" job anymore, doesn\’t always mean that it is eliminating jobs. It is making the job industry more competitive and then people will be getting educations and getting better jobs, thus making our way of life more comfortable, and advanced.

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