Your comments remind me of King Solomon's observation that, "There is nothing new under the sun". (Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1, Verse 9).
P.S.: Visit the "Inquiry to the Power Company" entry at this website, to read the additional footnote therein.
Dear Delegate Kump,
Ah..times change. When I was a kid growing up in D.C. the electric meters were inside the house. If the meter reader came by and no one was home (an unlikely event, this was post WW II and Dad worked and Mom stayed home and raised the kids and was considered a "domestic engineer") he would leave a postage paid card in the door for the customer to fill it in and then send it in. And after 3 or 4 months of this they would call and set up an appointment time to get an actual reading.
What you are suggesting is a "return" to the "old ways."
More power to you (I know, bad pun)!!!
Grace and Peace
J. Charles "Chuck" Riecks