How do I read my meter?

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Safety first! Do not touch any part of your meter.

Digital meter: You read a digital meter from left to right. This means that the top reading in this example is 450, and the bottom reading is 1906. You can just ignore the red numbers.

Dial meter: If your dial meter has the two top dials in red, ignore them as they are for testing purposes only – just read the bottom set of dials.

When reading this type of meter, always take the lower number if the needle is between two numbers, even though this may not be the closest number to the needle (taking into account that zero is considered greater than nine when the needle lies between nine and zero).

Don’t forget to note the direction in which each dial is moving. The reading for the dial meter shown in this example is 9704 (digits that are red or highlighted in red represent decimal places and can be ignored).

Electronic meter: These displays show readings for more than one meter. You can view the readings by either pushing a button or scrolling automatically. The display will also show a total reading of the two or more meters combined. Please send us only the individual readings.

Smart meter: Smart meters generally have a number of displays that you’ll need to scroll through before you reach the total kilowatt hour usage number. Because smart meters vary so much, we recommend heading to your distributor’s website for instructions on reading your smart meter. You can find your distributor here.

Be safe when you read your meter. If it’s up high, make sure that you reach it safely. If there are any loose or exposed wires in the cabinet, don’t touch them – call an electrician as soon as possible.

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