This post is a collaboration with University of Kent students. The opinions in this piece are those of our guest blogger and do not necessarily represent those held by Sustainability Connections.
Guest blog by: Charlie Harteley Is your electricity company asking for a reading and you just don’t know how to do it? All those numbers can be really confusing, but don’t sweat it – just keep reading! Is your meter digital? Your current meter reading will be on a digital display. Read the numbers from left to right; IGNORE any numbers in RED and anything after a decimal point or space. What if it’s Economy 7/Domestic Economy? There will be 2 rows of figures on the digital display; · LOW is night/off-peak · HIGH is day/peak You read the meter the same as the standard digital meter. What is a Two-Rate Meter? Some electricity meters show two readings. If you have Economy 7, Economy 10 or Evening and Weekend tariff, you may have a two-rate meter. Looking at your meter: Press the button on the front of the meter. The meter will show readings with a corresponding label. If you are unsure of the labels, check a recent bill as this will state which label is which. Has your meter got dials? Older meters have dials instead of rows of numbers. · Read the dials from left to right. There may be a dial labelled ‘1/10’. Ignore this one. · If a dial is between 2 numbers, write down the lower number. If the dial is between a 0 and a 9; it will always be a 9. · If the pointer is exactly on a number, underline the number written. · If any of the numbers written are followed by a nine, take one away from the number before (underlined). They also want the Gas readings! Don’t worry about it, read below: If You Have A Digital Meter: This will be in either imperial or metric. Imperial has four main numbers, and a metric has five. It’s imperial with 4 numbers: Read the numbers from left to right. Include any zeros at the start, but no red numbers, or anything after a red number. If the meter had reached 9999, it’ll start from 0 again. It’s metric with 5 numbers: Read the first five numbers from left to right. Include any zeros at the beginning, but don’t include anything after a space or decimal point. Once the meter reaches 99999, it’ll start back at 0 again. My gas meter is old and has dials… Some older meters have dials instead. To read a gas dial meter:
I hope that helps you feel at ease with taking your readings. Now you’ll never get inaccurate bills and pay more than you should. (For even more detail see https://sse.co.uk/help/energy/meters/how-to-read-your-meter)
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