Building a smarter home or business

Instead of only knowing how much energy you’ve used at the end of each month, our new digital grid transmits usage information between you and your utility almost instantly. More information means more ways to save energy, cut down on our state’s emissions — and save on your monthly bill!

Do I Have a Smart Meter?

Check your bill! If your meter number has 9 digits and starts with a 2, it’s a smart meter.



If you have any questions about the installation or the meter, contact Ameren.



Save Money

You can use your smart meter to track your energy usage online on your utility’s website — which can help you decide when to run your appliances, how you can cut down on your consumption, and more.

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Save Energy

Your smart meter gives you the power to sign up for new savings programs, like “peak time savings” — earning credits on your bill for running appliances during energy “off hours.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits of a smarter meter and power grid?

There are many benefits to our new digital smart grid, including more control over your energy usage and cost, the ability to view energy usage online, the opportunity to participate in pricing programs to save money, better reliability and service, and improvement to efficiency to reduce waste and combat climate change.

Q: How can I get started?

Check out pricing programs offered by your utility provider and ask about other benefits and opportunities, such as accessing your energy usage online. If you live in Illinois, your home is either serviced by ComEd or Ameren.

Q: What kinds of programs can I sign up for?

Depending on your utility, you can sign up for programs that help you cut down on your bill, like real-time pricing (i.e., using energy when it’s less expensive) and peak-time savings (i.e., getting a credit for running your appliances when the load on our energy grid is high). ComEd also offers AC cycling, which means the utility will cycle your air conditioning off during high-demand hours to cut down on our state’s overall emissions (and earn up to $40 back on your bills this summer!)

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions?

If Ameren is your utility provider, please contact them at (800) 755-5000. If ComEd is your utility provider, please contact them at (866) 368-8326.