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Read My Meter

Electric metering

If you have an electric meter with dials rather than a digital read-out, you can use these guidelines to learn how to read your meter.

Your electric meter shows how many kilowatt hours (kWh) you use. By reading it regularly, you can monitor your energy use. The dials on your meter work much like a car odometer with the dial farthest to the right advancing the dials to the left.

Remember to always read your meter from right to left. This will minimize your chances of making an error. Note that dials A and C move clockwise while B and D move counterclockwise.

For example, look at the meter below, start with dial A on the right and read to dial D on the left. If the arrow is between numbers, record the smaller number unless the dial is between 9 and 0, then record 9.

Electric Meter

If the arrow is close to or exactly on a number, look at the dial to the right. If the arrow has not yet reached 0 then record the smaller number. For example the meter above shows a reading of 8367.

Once you have obtained your reading, subtract this read from the previous month's read and multiply the difference times the multiplier found on your electric bill.

For example, subtract last month's reading of 5509 from this month's reading of 5699, giving you your usage of 0190 kWh. Multiply 190 times the multiplier of 10 which equals 1,900 total kWh used.