Clay Electric’s remote meter reading service enables a co-op meter reader to read the meter without entering the homeowner’s property. As of June 1, the monthly charge for this service will be lowered from $3.95 to $1.95.
Remote meter reading benefits both the member and the cooperative. For some members, having their meter read is an inconvenience. They must take time off from work or other activities to go home and unlock a gate or secure pets so the meter reader can have access to the meter.
For the co-op, remote meter reading eliminates the need for employees to call members to open locked gates, deal with potentially dangerous dogs, make livestock precautions, handle safety concerns, and arrange to clear other obstacles to access these accounts. It will also decrease the time meter readers have to spend on service orders, and increase the accuracy of the readings.
The meters used for remote meter reading are more expensive than regular digital or reworked analog meters, so the service charge is designed to help recover that additional cost. The new fee of $1.95 is a savings of $2 per month over the previous fee.
Clay Electric will continue to look at its business practices and make adjustments where possible to be more efficient and cost-effective for its membership.