said by CharlesH1:
Or suppose the homeowner goes on vacation for a couple of weeks, and takes care to turn off everything except the bare essentials (like the refrigerator). This is not exactly an outlier situation.
True, but vacations usually have an average time associated with them so the electric service provider probably has a "fudge" factor for when to flag an unexpected drop in demand by the customer. Add to that the fact that power consumption would return to "norm" shortly after the customer returns home which makes the identification of fraud that much more uncertain; otherwise, they would be sending out the truck too often and thus reduce one of the key provider benefits for moving to smart meters.--
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