How to read your electric and natural 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.
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