Reading your meter

Reading your meter is simple and easy to do. Simply choose your fuel and meter type from the list below and follow the guide.

1. Gas Digital Metric Meter

How to read a Gas Digital Metric Meter open/close

This is a Gas Metric meter – it just has five numbers. To take a reading, write the numbers down as you read them, from left to right.

Include the zeros at the start, but we don’t need the red numbers – or any numbers that come after the decimal point, actually, And that’s it!

Here, this one says: 17649.

2. Gas Imperial Meter

How to read a Gas Imperial Meter open/close

This is a Gas Imperial Meter – it has just four numbers and looks a bit like this. Write the numbers down as you read them, from left to right.

Include the zeros at the start, but we don’t need the red numbers. You can also ignore the dial on the far right of the meter, And that’s it!

Here, this one says: 8187.

1. Electricity Digital Meter: Single Rate

How to read an Electricity Digital Meter: Single Rate open/close

First, let’s check that your meter does not say ‘Multirate’ anywhere within the large grey writing along the top. If it does, you should look at the Digital Meter: Two Rate instead.

For a single rate meter simply write down the five numbers as you read them from left to right, including any zeros at the start, And that’s it!

Here, this one says: 21138.

2. Electricity Digital Meter: Two Rate

How to read an Electricity Digital Meter: Two Rate open/close

First, let’s check that your meter says ‘Multirate Single Phase Watt Hour Meter’ along the top. If it does not say ‘Multirate’, you should look at the Digital Meter: Single Rate instead.

On this type of meter you must take two readings: reading ‘1’ and reading ‘2’. The display on your meter will alternate between these two readings regularly, and you will see the figure ‘1’ or ‘2’ shown clearly to the left hand side of your meter’s display.

You can ignore the numbers that appear when the letter ‘t’ is showing on the left of your meter screen. We don’t need these.

Again, simply write down the five digits as you read them from left to right, including the zeros at the start, And that’s it!

Here, reading ‘1’ is 19937 and reading ‘2’ is 11362.

3. Electricity Mechanical Digital Meter

How to read an Electricity Mechanical Digital Meter open/close

Simply write down the numbers as you read them from left to right.

Include the zeros at the start, but we don’t need the red numbers – or any numbers that come after the decimal point, actually, And that’s it!

Here, this one says: 63287.

4. Electricity Mechanical Dial Meter

How to read an Electricity Mechanical Dial Meter open/close

This looks hard to read, but we can make it much easier. For a start, you can ignore the red dials. What’s tricky, is how the black dials work:

  • You need to read them from left to right and include any zeros.
  • But when the pointer is sitting between two figures, like this, give us the lowest number. So if it’s sitting between 0 and 1, write down 0.

And if the pointer is right on top of a number – you’ll need to look at the dial on the right to work out what happens next. Let’s say it’s sitting on the number 1.

If the dial on the right was pointing between 0 and 9, then you’d read the first dial as being a 9 (even though it’s nearly, nearly on the 0).

But if the dial on the right was pointing between 0 and 8, then you’d read that first dial as being a 1.

Here, this one says: 00920.

Can’t find your meter type?

If you have a meter that’s different from the ones shown above then please give us a call so that we can help you.