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.
Digital electric meter
Your meter cycles through many numbers and letters when operating. Every display starts with a display identification number. Here is what those numbers mean (your meter may not display every item):
- Your meter should show all 8s during LED segment check
- 00 – Meter number (should match number printed on meter)
- 1 – Date (i.e., April 10, 2017 registers as 041017)
- 2 – Military standard time (i.e., 2:45 p.m. registers as 1445)
- 3 – Kilowatt-hours
- 4 – Kilowatt-hours used during on-peak time period
- 5 – Maximum demand in kilowatts in 15-minute interval during on-peak hours
- 6 – Date of on-peak maximum demand (month/day/year)
- 7 – Time of on-peak maximum demand (military standard time)
- 89 – Program I.D. of current program in meter
LED segment check
Meter should read all 8s.
Example kilowatt-hour reading
Display identification number in this example is 3 – kilowatt-hours. Meter reading is 00000.
- Number in display 03 is kilowatt-hours (kWh). Note number and label as kWh.
- Number in display 04 is on-peak kWh. Note number label as on-peak kWh.
- Meter does not record off-peak kWh. Calculate off-peak usage by subtracting on-peak usage from total usage:
Total kWh – on-peak kWh = off-peak kWh