Frequently Asked Question
How do I read my electric meter?
There are two different styles of meters installed on
most homes. The
newest style is digital. The readout on this meter will flash the kWh
Kilo-Watt Hours every few seconds. This is the amount of power your
has consumed since the meter was installed.
The more common meter style has dials on its face that
records the kWh
you house has used. The dial looks like this.
You might notice that the numbers go in different
each little dial spins in a different direction. Just look at the dial
and see if you can see what it reads. It reads 17269.
Sometimes you can't tell if the dial has passed its
number or not, like
the fourth dial above...is it just before the 7 or just after? When
happens, look at the dial to the right of it. If it's on a big number
8 or 9, the dial has not passed the number yet, so you should write
the next smaller number. In the example above, the dial to the right
"9," so you should write down the next smaller number, in this case,
If the dial to the right is on a small number like 0 or 1, then you
down the number the dial seems to be pointing to.
By keeping track of the amount of the amount of power
you use it is
easier to see where the power being consumed. Just write down the
Wait 24 hours. Write them down again and look at the difference for the
amount of power you consumed in 24 hours. Compare an air conditioned
with a non-air conditioned day.