You should have an idea how to read your electricity and gas meter as this allows you to remain updated on how much energy you are using in a specific billing period.
And this way it’s easy to find out how much energy you have used in a billing cycle, also you will have a better idea of bill costs or price. Firstly record the readings on your meter at the start of your billing date, then deduct that from the readings or number you see at the end of the billing date to determine how much energy (in kilowatt-hours) you have used.
In case you have a smart meter, a meter reader from energy provider will visit your house to physically take the readings of the meter. If the meter reader is unable to access the meter, you may receive an estimated bill based on your previous usage. It’s best to ensure that your meter is always accessible to achieve an accurate reading. See below for instructions on how to read different types of meter displays:
A dial display meter have four to six dials similar to clock faces. Each dial indicates a range of 0 through 9. Moving from left to right, record the number on each dial to obtain your total usage.
If you find the indicator is in between numbers, record the lower value of the two numbers. The exception is when the dial value is between 0 and 9, in such case you should note down 9.
Cyclometer (Odometer) Display
The number displayed represents your energy usage in kilowatt-hours. Simply read the digits from left to right and record the number.
A flat-rate electronic display will typically have one set that shows total kilowatt-hours used. Interval meters and Smart meters have many display options that include total kilowatt hours, off-peak usage, hot water usage, or solar energy.
You can go through these manually by pushing the display button; some meters functionality are set to cycle through the displays automatically.
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