How to read an energy meter

How do I read my energy meter?

Gas Meter

To begin with, you need to find out what kind of gas meter you have – the three different kinds of meter are Metric, Imperial and Dial.

How to read your gas meter?

Metric Meter

Your Metric meter will feature a numerical display. For a meter reading, make a note of the first five numbers from the left hand side and ignore numbers after the decimal point.

Imperial Meter

Your Imperial meter will feature a numerical display. For a meter reading, make a note of the first four numbers from the left hand side and ignore any numbers displayed in red.

Dial Meter

As the name suggests, a dial meter is made up of a series of dials. You only need to focus on the four dials along the bottom. Make a note of the number closest to the pointer on each dial for a reading (in the event that the pointer lays between two numbers, take the lower number).

 

Electricity Meter

How do I read my electricity meter?

As with your gas meter, there are different kinds of electricity meters: Single Rate, Two-Rate, Two-Rate Single Display and Dial.

 

Single Rate Meter

This will display six numbers but you only need to make a note of the first five for your reading. The sixth number, usually displayed in red, should be ignored.

Two-Rate Meter

This kind of meter features two separate number displays, both of which will show six numbers. Make a note of the first five digits from the left hand side from both displays and ignore the sixth, which would usually be displayed in red.

Two-Rate Single Display Meter

Although this one shows only one number display, it covers two rates. Your meter may automatically cycle to show both rates or, you may have to press a button to move onto the second rate. Make a note of the first five numbers for each rate and ignore any subsequent digits.

Dial Meter

If you have a dial meter you need only focus on the first five dials from the left hand side, ignoring the one marked 1/0. Make a note of the digits from these five dials for a reading, using the lower number if the pointer lays between two numbers.