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Getting to Know Your Electric Meter
Murfreesboro Electric Department uses the TWACS (Two-Way Automatic Communication System) to read your meter. TWACS communicates over electric power lines, providing low-cost, highly reliable, two-way communication between MED and our customers. TWACS helps us respond quickly and accurately to billing inquiries, special read requests. TWACS also provides outage and restoration monitoring and reporting.
Reading your electric meter is a good way to know how much you’re spending on electricity. Here in the Tennessee Valley our residential rates are among the lowest in the country. And together with TVA, Murfreesboro Electric Department will continue to keep those rates low, while offering more competitive and more energy efficient ways to use that electricity.
Electricity is measured by kilowatt-hours. As a sort of quick reference, a 100 watt light bulb burning for 10 hours uses one kilowatt-hour. Electric meters keep track of how many kilowatt-hours you’ve used.
The biggest electricity consumption in your home is from your heating and air conditioning equipment. The average home uses about 55% of its electricity here. Older, less insulated homes use even more electricity. Older appliances are less energy efficient, and cost more to run too.
Water heaters are usually the second largest user of electricity in your home. Other energy hogs are major appliances like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, followed by smaller items like TVs, lights, and stereos.
Murfreesboro Electric Department strives to provide reliable power to residential customers as well as area businesses and industries. To achieve this goal MED must have adequate access to the electric meter. An area of 36 X 36 inches is adequate (18 inches left and right from the center of the meter and 36 inches in front of the meter). A clear path to the meter is required as well.
Please trim or rearrange any shrubbery or vines preventing proper access to the meter and/or any objects blocking access to the meter. Having suitable access to the electric meter will assure correct meter readings and expedite service to your meter when needed.