How To Read A Meter

There are several reasons why you'd want to know

how to read a meter.

One reason, you might be interested in just how much gas, electricity and water you use in a day, a week, a month a quarter or a YEAR. If you read your meter at the beginning and the end of the time frame selected. You can then compare the two totals. By subtracting the latest from the previous you will be able to easily work out how much gas, electricity water you and your family have used. And maybe, more importantly, how much it is costing you! This alone is alone is one reason of why you need to know how to read a meter.

The next reason for knowing how to read a meter is to check for any problems with the meter or the equipment it is measuring.

For a gas meter turn off all gas equipment like hot water boiler, fires, cookers and any other gas appliance. Then check your gas meter if the dials are still turning, there is a problem. So check for leaks or contact your supplier.
For an electric meter turn off all electric appliances large ones like hot water heaters, fires, cookers and any other smaller appliances and lights. Then check your electric meter if the dials are still turning, there is a problem. So contact your supplier.

To check a water meter just turn off all the house taps, inside and out.  Then check your water meter if the dials are still turning, there is a possible leak in your home.  Then turn off the main water supply to your home and check the meter. If it is still turning contact your supplier. 

Learning how to read a meter is beneficial.

Because when you learn how to read a meter you are in control of your consumption. And you can make sure your bills are as accurate as possible.  The best way to do that is with actual, not estimated meter readings. So if you send your supplier meter readings, ideally every month, then you can expect to receive more accurate bills.
Meters are highly accurate instruments but on occasions can go wrong. If yours does if you know how to read a meter you will quickly identify that there is a problem.

Reading your meter often, along with careful observation of the weather and appliances being used, can help you manage energy consumption and evaluate the effectiveness of appliances.

Knowing how to read a meter is also handy to know for times when your supplier can’t, for whatever reason, gain access to the meter.

When a meter reading card is left in your mailbox, you will be able to assist your supplier by reading your meters yourself and submitting a meter reading online, by mail or by phone.  If you mail your meter reading, be sure to date and sign the self-read card. Make sure that your address and meter numbers is clearly marked on the card and add your account number from your Utility Statement.

If you read the meter yourself, keep in mind that your supplier needs, by law, periodic access to the meter to verify your readings and make sure the meter is working properly.

Knowing how to read your meter will keep your account current and accurate between readings.

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