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)