Avista begins installation of smart meters at historic Millwood home

Avista begins installation of smart meters at historic Millwood home

The Rosebush Home is a visible part of the city of Millwood’s past and, as of Wednesday morning, a sign of its future.

The nearly 100-year-old home became one of the first to receive new smart electric meters and natural gas modules from Avista. The company will be installing 400,000 meters and modules across eastern Washington beginning in Spokane in March and ending in October 2020 in Colville and Inchelium.

The smart meters allow Avista to do it’s job more efficiently, the company says, by responding to outages when they happen and not just when a customer reports them.

Customers will be able to monitor their energy usage during billing periods, instead of viewing the statistics when they receive their bill. Avista said this will help customers make the most of the money their spending on energy and that it will offer money-saving tips based on usage habits as well.

The $165 million has been a topic of discussion at Avista for decades, and an active working project for four years.

Customers may opt out of the smart meter service, but they’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee to cover the cost of manual meter readings. Avista says only a slim fraction of customers has opted out so far.

For more information about the smart meters, including when they’ll be installed in your area, visit Avista’s website.

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