How To Take A Meter Reading - Gas & Electric Energy Meters

Our easy guide on how to take a meter reading on your gas and electricity meters so you can see how much energy you’ve used. Give your suppliers meter readings to avoid estimates and risk of being overcharged for your energy usage.

Electricity meters

Single rate digital meter:

This meter reading shows a reading of 75085. The red number at the end should be ignored.

A digital meter has an electronic or digital display which will show 5 numbers in black or white and might be followed by 1 or more red numbers. To read this type of meter write down the first 5 numbers shown from left to right and ignore any other numbers (the number in red)

Two rate digital meter (also known as Dual-Rate or Day-Night or Economy 7):

This meter has 2 readings - 25404 and 54250. You'll need to give both readings and again ignore the end number in red.

If you get a better electricity rate at different times, you might have a two rate (or dual-rate) meter. This means it will have 2 displays of readings.

The top readings row (labelled as ‘low’ or ‘night’) shows how many units of the cheaper electricity you have used.

The bottom row (labelled ‘normal’ or ‘day’) shows how many units of the standard-priced electricity that you have used.

Make a note of both the top and bottom rows and ignore any numbers shown in red.

Electricity Two rate single display meter:

This meter also has 2 readings - 75085 and 46806.

Some two rate (or ‘dual rate’) meters only have one display screen. They tend to either flash up the different reading rates separately or sometimes you will have a button to the side or below that you need to press to make the display change through the readings for the two different rates. To read the meter write down the numbers shown left to right, for each reading. Make a note of both readings again and ignore any numbers shown in red.

Electricity Dial meter:

Dial meters usually have 5 or more dials. They each turn to point to a number between 0 and 9. Ignore the dial marked '1/10' if there it has one. Read the first 5 dials from left to right and make note of the number that the pointer has just passed.

You'll need to underline any number that the pointer is exactly over. If you’ve underlined a number, go to the next dial to the right and if  the pointer on that dial is between 9 and 0, reduce the number from the previous dial that you’ve underlined by 1. In the above example the fourth dial has a 5, but as the next dial is between 9 and 0 we changed the previous one back to a 4.

Gas meters

Gas Digital metric meter:

This meter reading here would be 00544

A digital metric gas meter will have an electronic or digital display, showing 5 numbers followed by a decimal point and some more numbers. Make a note only of the first 5 numbers shown from left to right and ignore the numbers after the decimal point, sometimes shown in red or lighter colour.

Gas Digital imperial meter:

This meter reading from this would be 1860 (ignore the end 2 in red)

A digital imperial meter also has an digital or electronic display which shows 4 black or white numbers, then followed by 2 numbers shown in red. Make a note of the first 4 numbers from left to right and ignore the rest of the numbers, shown in red.

Gas Dial meter

This meter reading from this would be 7041

A gas dial meter has 4 or more dials. They each turn to a point to a number between 0 and 9.

Take a reading from the first 4 dials from left to right and write down the numbers closest to each pointer ­

If the pointer is between 2 numbers, give the lower number, if the pointer is between 9 and 0, write down 9.

If you have any further questions regarding your meter(s), feel free to contact us.

Image and article credit Citizens Advice.

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