Electricity Meter Configurations - Victoria
Residential GD (General Domestic) or Single Rate meters are used to measure all
electricity used at one tariff (there are no separate peak and off-peak tariffs).
The majority of homes with gas hot water have their meters configured this way.
Residential GD and Controlled Load
Residential GD and Controlled Load meter configurations can involve either one “Two-Rate”
meter or separate meters which are used to measure electricity consumed for normal
light and power (Residential GD) and electricity for electric hot water and/or space
heating (Controlled Load or off-peak) separately.
Controlled Load use is managed by a time switch to the connected appliance. The
majority of homes with this meter configuration have electric hot-water systems.
Residential GH/GL configured meters or “Time-of-Use” meters are used to measure all electricity
consumed using two tariffs which change depending on the time of day and day of
the the week. These meters are usually configured to record all usage from 7am-11pm
Monday to Friday at a peak tariff, and all usage from 11pm to 7am Monday to Friday
and weekends recorded on the off-peak tariff.
Climate Saver [only applicable to Powercor postcodes]
Climate Saver meter configuration is an option available only in the Powercor distribution
zone, where a dedicated meter is installed for reverse cycle air conditioning units.
This meter configuration is approved by Powercor.
Residential Interval Meters or Smart Meters are used to measure electricity usage
in 30-minute intervals and provide usage data, connect or disconnect a premise without
a meter reader visiting. By 2013, every Victorian residence will have its meter
changed to an Interval Meter.
Meter configurations for Smart Meters can vary therefore all tariffs for Smart Meters
are subject to the current meter configuration and associated network tariff.