How to read your electric and gas meters
Standard electric and gas meters
directly in front of your meter. Looking at dials from an angle can
distort the reading.
your meter dials from left to right.
the dial hand is between numbers, use the smaller of the two numbers.
the dial hand is positioned exactly on number, look at the dial
to the right to determine correct reading. Has the dial to the right
no, use the smaller number on the dial you're reading.
yes, use the number the hand is pointing to on the dial you're
Note: You may have either a four- or five-dial
meter. The correct readings for the example meters A and B above are:
A - 9183, B - 98940.
Time-of-use electric meter
- Stand directly in front of meter and look at display.
- Watch the display go through its cycle. Each display will start with a number: 01, 02, 03 or 04.
- The number in display 03 is total kilowatt-hours (kWh). Write down the number displayed and label it as total kWh.
- The number in display 04 is on-peak kWh. Write down the number displayed and label it as on-peak kWh.
- The meter does not record off-peak kWh. You can calculate off-peak usage by subtracting on-peak usage from total usage:
Total kWh – on-peak kWh = off-peak kWh