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Can you read your electric energy meter?

Dec 30, 2016

Your gas or electric energy meter records how much energy you’ve used. Your energy supplier will need this when calculating your bill - if they don’t have it, they’ll estimate your usage, meaning your bill might be too high or low.

You should give your supplier regular meter readings - you should be able to do this by calling them.

Single phase meter

Electric Energy Meter

This meter reading is 75085. The red number should be ignored.

A digital meter has an electronic or digital display. It will show 5 numbers in black or white, and might be followed by 1 or more red numbers.

To read the meter:

  • write down the first 5 numbers shown from left to right

  • ignore any other numbers

Two rate digital meter

Electric Energy Meter

This meter has 2 readings - 25404 and 54250. You'll need to give both readings to your supplier.

If you get cheaper electricity at certain times of day, you might have a two rate (or ‘dual-rate’) meter. This means it will have 2 rows of numbers.

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

The bottom row (labelled ‘normal’ or ‘day’) shows how many units of standard-price electricity you’ve used.

To read the meter:

  • read both the top and bottom rows

  • write down the numbers shown left to right

  • ignore any numbers shown in red