How to read your electric and gas meters


Standard electric and gas meters

  • Stand directly in front of your meter. Looking at dials from an angle can distort the reading.
  • Read your meter dials from left to right.
  • If the dial hand is between numbers, use the smaller of the two numbers.
  • If 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 passed zero?
  • If no, use the smaller number on the dial you're reading.
  • If yes, use the number the hand is pointing to on the dial you're reading.

    electric meter dials

    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 meter

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


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