LUS customers, who chose to opt out of the smart meter program, may have to pay more in monthly utilities fees. Lafayette Consolidated Council Members will vote on an introductory ordinance that sets the opt-out fee at $12.20 per month. Smart meters give a detailed breakdown of how much energy is being used on a daily basis and allows LUS officials to read your meter without ever sending meter readers to your home. The annual cost to opt out of the smart meter program comes to a little more than $140.00 dollars.
Smart Meter Breakdown
Like most technology these days, utility meters in Lafayette are now smart, at least most of them are. Officials with the Lafayette Utility System say they are half way through installing smart meters to their customers who opted into the program at the beginning of the year. Smart meters give a detailed breakdown of how much energy is being used on a daily basis and allows LUS officials to read your meter without ever going to your home.
But for those who choose to opt out of the smart meter program, it may cost you a fee. That's because LUS officials are prepared to propose a fee, not known at this time, to the city-parish council in November. If approved, the fee will pay for the money it will cost to have a worker go on site to read your meter. All smart meters should be installed by the end of this year.
If you opted out of the program and would like to opt back in, just call your LUS representative. They will install a meter free of charge.