Reading your electricity meter

There are several types of electricity meters and you will need to check which kind you have before you read it.

Electricity digital meter

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.

 Meter

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.

Meter 2

The readings are 75085 (Low) and 48124 (Normal).

Electricity electronic meter

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

Meter 3

Electricity dial meter

A dial meter has five or more dials, which turn to point to a number 0-9

  • Read the first five dials from left to right
  • Ignore the dial marked 1/10 (if there is one)
  • Write down the number that the pointer has just passed
  • If the pointer is exactly over the number, write it down.
  • If the pointer is exactly on a number, write it down and underline it
  • If any of the underlined numbers you have written down are followed by a 9, you will take one away from the number you have
    underlined
  • So reading for the example below will be 15659

Meter 4

This reading is 44928


Reading your gas meter

There are two types of gas meters and you will need to check which kind you have before you read it.

Gas dial meter

Gas Dial Meter

To read correctly:

  • Read the dials from left to right
  • If the pointer is between two numbers, always take the lower number
  • If the pointer falls between 9 and 0, write down 9
  • Ignore red dials, ones marked ‘100 per rev’ and the largest dial

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.

Gas digital meter

Gas Digital Meter

To read correctly:

  • Read the numbers from left to right, ignoring any numbers shown in red
  • Ignore any digits in a red surround
  • Ignore any printed zeros
  • Ignore any digits after the decimal point

So in this example, the digital meter reading will be 75193

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