The average Texas household spends $789 per year to cool their home, $184 per year on lighting and $206 per year using space heaters.* Knowing how much electricity you use can help you gain control over your Texas electricity costs.

Reading Your AMS Smart Meter

Your smart meter, or AMS (Advanced Metering System), offers near-real-time usage information and is very easy to use.

The meter’s screen displays 3 pieces of information:

  • The status of your electricity service. OPN means the electricity is off. CLS means the electricity is on.
  • Cumulative electricity usage for the billing period. This shows your cumulative electricity usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh) up to the current billing period. This is also the number that appears on your bill so tracking the changes to this number on a daily, weekly or monthly basis will show you how your energy-saving efforts are making an impact.
  • Electricity demand reading. This number is used by the Transmission and Distribution Utility to gauge the amount of electricity being used at any particular time.

 AMS smart meter

Learn about how to read an analog meter .

If reading your meter is not something you want to do on a regular basis, TXU Energy offers BrightenSM energy savings solutions and special electricity plans to help you manage your Texas electricity costs.

Also, with a smart meter installed at your home, you have access to easy-to-use products and services to help manage your usage and ultimately your electricity costs.

  • Time-of-Use Plans. If you’ve had a new advanced smart meter installed, you’re eligible for special plans like TXU Energy Free Nights which puts the control of your electricity bill at your fingertips. By doing laundry, running the dishwasher or using any other major appliances early in the morning or late in the evenings, you’ll be taking advantage of this plan’s lower off-peak electricity prices and saving money. 
  • Energy Management Alerts - Get helpful weekly information from your Smart Meter regarding your usage and electricity costs. Plus, alerts to let you know when you might go over your set budget . Learn More
  • MyEnergy Dashboard - This tool provides forecasted costs for your current bill cycle and usage, plus what areas of your home use the most energy to help you control your usage and reduce costs. Learn More
  • TXU iThermostat. This smart thermostat lets you manage your home’s temperature from your cell phone or any computer with Internet access. Whether you’re in Texas or on the other side of the world, you can control your thermostat and your electricity costs from just about anywhere, 24/7. Learn More.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more info.


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