Read My Meter
Your electric meter measures the amount of electricity you use. That amount is shown in kilowatt hours (kWh) on your electric bill each month. There are two types of electric meters - dial and digital.
The Dial Meter
There are five dials on a dial meter. They are numbered 0 through 9, with 0 at the top. Notice that the numbers go counterclockwise on every other dial. The hands of the dials move in the same direction as the counting order of the numbers.
To read the dial meter, write down the number that each hand has just passed. Start with the dial on the far left and move to the right.
The reading is 66,649.
If a hand is directly on a number, look at the dial to its immediate right. If that hand has passed zero, write down the number that the left hand is pointing to.
The reading here is 70.
If the hand on the right has not passed zero, write down the last number that the left hand has passed.
The reading here is 69.
The Digital Meter
Reading a digital meter is similar to reading the numbers on your vehicle’s odometer. Every time the number increases, you’ve used another kilowatt hour (kWh).
The reading is 46,372.
Calculate Your Energy Usage
Download your own Usage Comparison Chart to keep track of your energy usage. In order to find out how much electricity you are using, subtract your previous reading from the current reading. Convert this to dollars and cents by simply multiply your usage (kWh) by your kWh costs. You can determine your kWh costs by looking at your electric bill. Learn more about our rates – Home or Business.
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