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How to Read your Energy Meter

06 May 2014

It’s important to be able to read your meter to make sure your bills are accurate. Don’t worry if your meter looks a little confusing - we’ve put together some information and pictures about how to read the different types of meters that are used to help you!

Meters can vary slightly in how they look and show your reading(s). Your meter may look slightly different or show different rates than our examples, so it’s best to have one of your bills to hand when you look at your meter. You’ll be able to check what’s showing on your meter falls in line with the reading on your last bill

How to read your digital electricity meter

  1. Read the numbers from left to right, including
  2. Any zeros at the beginning. Do not read any red number(s).
  3.  So the reading for the example above would be 94694.

How to read your dial electricity meter

To read a dial electricity meter, look at the position on the dials.

  1. Read the dials from left to right starting with the dial marked 10,000. Do not read the dial marked 1/10
  2. If the pointer on a dial is between two numbers, write down the lower number. This may not be the number nearest to the pointer
  3. If the pointer is between 0 and 9, use 9
  4. If the pointer is exactly on a number, write it down and underline it
  5. If any of the underlined numbers you have written down are followed by a 9, you will need to take one away from the number you’ve underlined
  6. So the reading for the above example would be 94694.
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