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A Guide to Reading Your Meter

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If you are a resident or a business owner, it is essential that you read your gas and electricity meters correctly; that way, you won’t have any nasty surprises arriving at your door.

So whether you offer boiler servicing in Gloucester or own a home in Hampstead, this guide offers practical information on reading your meter.


Types of Meter

Essentially, there are three types of meter, and these are digital, electronic and dial ones.

Plumbing and heating companies can always help with questions you might have – visit HPR Services – and articles such as these too.

There are lots of useful sources of information on how to read your meter, but in this article, we have divided it up into the following.

Reading Your Digital Meter

Ignore any numbers in red or with a red surround and write down the numbers left to right. It’s worth remembering that if your supplier offers lower-priced off-peak electricity such as Economy 7, the numbers may come in two lines. Again, write them all down, left to right, in each of the rows, ignoring the red or red surrounded figures; your bill will let you know which is the day rate usage and which is the night one.

Reading Your Electronic Meter

Reading your electronic meter depends on whether it is one with a button which you need to press to jot down the readings or one which scrolls through the numerous displays. As above, if your meter has two rows, write down all the numbers on display, again from left to right, and ignore those in red or with a red surround. Again, your bill will indicate both the day and the night rate.

Reading a Dial Meter

Before you begin reading your dial meter, you need to check the direction of your dials, as each dial turns in the opposite direction to the one before. Each of the dials revolves from 0 to 1 and right up to 9, before continuing to the 0 again. To read it correctly, make sure you read the dials from left to right; if the pointer is in between two numbers, read the lower number. If it falls between 9 and 0, write down 9, reducing the reading for the left dial. Never read the last dial on the right.