An electricity or energy meter is a device that measures the amount of electric energy a residence, business or electrically powered device consumes. Electricity meters are of various types. The most common are single-rate digital meters, variable-rate digital meters and dial meters. Your electricity meter is a reliable, accurate instrument that registers the amount of electricity used. Each electric meter works in a slightly different way. Reading your electricity meter is easy once you know how to do so.
- Single-rate digital electricity meters
This meter gives direct information of the total amount of electricity used. The energy unit is kilowatt hours (kWh) for this meter. A single-rate meter refers to one set of numbers. Write down all the numbers before the decimal point, from left to right. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point.
- Variable rate digital meters
If you get lower priced off-peak electricity your meter might have two rows. The row on the top records off-peak electricity usage. It is marked low or night. The bottom row records the normal rate electricity you use during peak hours. The meter rows may also be marked RATE1 or RATE 2. Make a reminder of these markings before you submit your readings. To take a reading, write down the numbers from left to right in both rows. These meters are also called Economy 7 or White Meter.
- Dial Electricity meters
Dial meters have a series of clock-style dials with numbers from zero to nine. Each dial turns in the opposite direction of the dial next to it. Your dial meter consists of six dials. You read the meter from left to right. You only need to read the first five dials – starting with the 10,000kWh dial on the left and stopping after the 1 kWh dial. The dial on your extreme right is for testing purposes only. If the dial’s pointer falls between two numbers, always read the lower number. If the pointer is directly over a number, always record it. If the pointer on a dial falls between 9 and 0, reduce the reading already taken for the dial on the left by one.
A helpful video that explains on how to read your analog or digital meter.
Your electricity meter tells you how much electricity you’ve used and helps you conserve energy. Monitoring your meter can also help lower your electricity bills.
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