There are several types of electricity meters and you will need to check which kind you have before you read it.
A digital meter will have a digital display, showing five numbers in black or white with one or more numbers in red. To read the meter, write all the five numbers from left to right and ignore any numbers in red or in a red surround.
This reading is 75085
If you have a two rate digital meter, you may get a lower price and off-peak electricity and your meter will display two rows of numbers. The top row marked low is night and shows how many units of off-peak electricity you have used. The bottom row marked normal is day and this shows how many units of peak electricity you have used.
To read the meter, you must read both top and bottom rows, write down the numbers shown from left to right and ignore any numbers in red or in a red surround.
The readings are 75085 (Low) and 48124 (Normal).
Some two rate meters only have one digital display. If you have this type of meter your readings will either flash up the different rate readings in a cycle or have a display button that you will need to press to make the display cycle go through the readings for the different rate.
Usually the meter will display Rate 1 and Rate 2. Write down the numbers shown from left to right. Note each reading as R1 or R2
A dial meter has five or more dials, which turn to point to a number 0-9
This reading is 44928
There are two types of gas meters and you will need to check which kind you have before you read it.
To read correctly:
So in this example, the dial meter reading will be 6653.
Each dial turns in the opposite direction to the one before it. Before you read your dial meter, check the direction of your dials. They may not be exactly as those illustrated above. Every dial on every meter revolves from 0-1 and on through to 9 before continuing to 0 again.
To read correctly:
So in this example, the digital meter reading will be 75193