Knowing how to read your electric meter can help you track the monthly energy use alert you of any discrepancies on your power bill. Being there are several meters available, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to offer a basic guide to helping you better read your electric meter on your home.
Smart Electric Meters
The smart electric meter is among the most confusing to read. On the smart meter keypad, pressing 9 will usually bring up your readings. Followed by 8 numbers with “kWh,” will see the abbreviation “IMP KWH” at the bottom of the screen. Should your meter records day and night readings, you will have to hold 6 down on the keypad until you see “IMP RO1” and a series of eight number. For finding your readings listed right on the meter, your manual should list the steps as well and some smart meters have instructions.
Digital Electric Meter
On a digital electric meter, you will see a series of numbers. Copy them down from left to right beside any numbers in red or surrounded by a red box. If you have two rows of numbers on your meter, copy the second row the same; it is a “day rate” and a “night rate” listed on your electricity bill are indicated by two rows.
Electronic Electric Meter
To see your reading on your electric meter, unless it has an automatic scroll feature, you may need to press the display button. Copy the numbers from left to right while leaving out the red numbers or numbers.
Dial Electric Meter
Another meter challenging to read, are the dial meters. It has numbers listed between 0 and 9 and each dial on your meter turns the opposite direction of the one that comes before it. Should the arrow in between two numbers, use the lower number and read the dials from left to right. In the event the arrow is between the 9 and 0, use the 9 and then subtract one from the previous dial. Ignore the last dial on the right.
How to Calculate Electricity Bill from Meter Reading
Take the electric bill from the previous bill after you have recorded the reading on the electric meter. Though you will need to subtract last month’s total from your current reading, the meter will never reset to zero. The result will be your total kWh usage for the current month. Multiply total kWh usage and add the fixed fees by the amount your electric company charges per kilowatt hour. This will be a close estimate total of your current bill. After first double checking your math, call electric company should you notice a significant difference in the total of your actual bill when it arrives. Keep in mind, if you have been isolated and working from home, the power use will change significantly.
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To help you find solution, using the reading on your meter can also let you see the energy consumption you use. With the help of the certified electricians of Burley Electrical Services is we can perform an energy audit that will assist you better in enhancing the electrical efficiency of your homes operation. Contact us today! For more information, you can also visit www.burleyelectric.com.