24 May - 4 min read
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has recently announced that its goal to equip 1.5 million homes with Smart Meter by the end of 2021 is well on track. Earlier in the year, TNB reached its 1 millionth milestone with homes in Melaka and some areas of Klang Valley now enjoying the benefits of Smart Meter.
For those who are new to the Smart Meter, it is an automated electrical measurement system that communicates your energy usage reading directly to TNB with no manual meter reading required. And most importantly, the installation of Smart Meter is aimed to provide you with the transparency of your energy usage. This means that with Smart Meter, you will be able to track and manage your daily energy consumption — all through the convenience of the myTNB website portal or app, depending on your preference.
Moreover, with some of us continuing to stay home to keep away from the pandemic, it is now more relevant to have a clear view of how you are utilising your electricity at home as this will ultimately help to keep your household budget in check.
Smart Meter sends your electricity consumption directly to TNB, eliminating the need for a TNB meter reader to come to your home for manual readings. You can view your half-hourly energy usage via the myTNB portal and if you’re using the myTNB app, your home’s daily energy consumption is updated daily.
These smart features will also enable you to be more aware of how much electricity you use in your day-to-day living. With convenient access to this information, you can now take the right steps to be more energy-efficient.
This then brings us to the second point.
By tracking your home’s energy usage and identifying your current household habits via the myTNB portal or app, you will be able to make some adjustments that could help lower your energy usage.
Here are some changes in household habits you could make – running the washing machine only when you have a full load, instead of washing smaller loads of laundry every day and setting the aircond on a timer so it turns off in the middle of the night once you are asleep. The ability to make these energy-efficient changes and see your consumption go down can be satisfying.
Furthermore, when you regularly track your electricity consumption, you will be able to identify usage patterns that are abnormal in your household. Especially in situations where a home appliance or switch is left on without anyone noticing, or usage that shouldn’t be there such as when you experience high electricity bills even when your house was left vacant for a period of time.
Keeping up with your electricity bills can now be more convenient. You can view previous electricity bills and make payments anytime and anywhere via the myTNB portal or mobile app.
If you don’t have Smart Meter installed in your home yet, you can still sign up for myTNB portal or download the app, where you can easily access your current and previous monthly electricity bills, as well as make payment easily. and at your convenience.
Hopefully, these features will help you keep your household budgeting in check.
According to TNB, Smart Meter installation will continue as usual throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) and will be carried out in stages, free of charge. There is no rollout schedule available as of yet, but if your area is selected, you will receive a notification letter from TNB two weeks prior to the installation date.
Rest assured that all TNB Smart Meter installers are trained to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs set by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of International Trade & Industry to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
If you’d like to know more about Smart Meter, you can learn more here.
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