How to read the old analog meters

by Donny on December 14, 2010

Every month, somebody on behalf of your electricity provider comes out to look at your electric meter to see how much energy you’re using.

What exactly is he looking at? How does he read that thing?

This is puzzling, especially for the older analog meters which will soon be nothing more than a piece of history, but until then, it’s still nice to know how to read them.

That way, you’ll have an idea as to how to earn the most affordable electricity.

Below are just a few things to know in order to do so:

  • The dials are read from right to left.
  • Dial 1 must move an entire rotation before the next dial moves.
  • For the first meter, write down the number the dial has passed just like you were reading a clock.
  • Read the second dial clockwise, and write down it second dial number.
  • We alternate the reading direction of every dial, so the third one will be read clockwise.
  • The dial prior to the one in question must appear to have gone all the way around, or at least past zero to determine if the next dial has actually reached the number it’s currently on.
  • Write down the numbers from left to right and you’ll get the number of kilowatt hours recorded by the analog meter.
  • It’s best to have last month’s reading, but if you don’t, save this month’s reading for next month. When you have two months numbers, you can subtract the two numbers to come up with the current month’s electric reading.
  • Once you have this number, you should be able to compare it with your electric bill, and if there’s a problem, call your energy provider, and they should have somebody come out and look at it for you.
  • If the meter was wrong, and you were overcharged, your energy rate will be corrected.

If you’re in the market for a new electric company and rate, and are living in a deregulated area, you have the ability to choose your own rate and company.

Give us a call if you have any questions, comments or concerns at 1-800-971-4020, and one of our energy consultants will be happy to help you out with any of your electricity needs.

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