How to Read Your Electric Meter

Your electric meter is a precision instrument that measures the flow of electricity in units called kilowatt-hours (kWh). Electric meters are extremely accurate. Less than one-half of one percent of meters tested prove to be outside the acceptable error rate of plus or minus two percent. Your meter will be either digital or dial.

Digital meters are read like the odometer of your car, from left to right.

The correct reading for this meter is 43641.

The correct reading for this meter is 43641.

To read a dial meter, read each dial separately from the right to the left and record the numbers in the same order, right to left. Start with the dial on the far right and record for each dial the number that the pointer has just passed. Mouse over dials to see reading.

The correct reading for this meter is 14235.

The correct reading for the meter shown above would be 14235. When the dial is so near a number that it seems to point directly to it, look at the dial to the right. If the pointer on that dial has not passed zero, then you would record the lower number instead of the number the dial is near. If the pointer has passed zero, you would record the higher number.

The correct reading for this meter is 78314.

The correct reading for the meter shown above would be 78314.

If you feel your meter is not recording your electric use accurately, please call 1-877-777-9020. You will be asked to pay a testing fee and your meter will be tested. If testing shows the meter’s accuracy is outside the acceptable error rate, your fee will be refunded and your electric bill adjusted up or down accordingly.