Editorial: Thermostats get smart, but electric meters stay dumb

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TIMES OF TRENTON – State lawmakers are waffling over the future of so-called smart meters in customers’ homes, undecided whether the devices would benefit or harm New Jersey’s utility customers.

You may not have heard of smart meters, but they are already in use in close to half the homes in the country.

The small boxes monitor energy consumption in homes and businesses on a real-time basis, allowing customers to keep on top of their daily usage and act accordingly …

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