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Monitor Your Electricity Usage: 1 Million in Southern California Already Have a Smart Meter

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A new plan to install smart meters in every home in Southern California using Edison electricity has reached a milestone. The utility has now installed one million smart meters in only 10 months time. The first smart meter was installed in September of last year in a home in Downey and the one millionth was installed yesterday in a home in Redondo Beach. But Edison does not plan to stop there -- they are hoping to install 5 million by 2012.

Smart meters are meant to completely change the way households consume energy. The new meters will not only gauge how much total energy is being consumed but will also track when and how much each appliance contributes to the total amount used. Additionally, an anticipated upgrade will soon allow cusotmers check those rates online via computer, mobile phone, etc