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How To Read Your Electric Meter

Reading the Electric Meter
The dials on your electric meter resemble small clocks. Within each dial the numbers range from zero to nine and a hand points to a number within each dial. When reading each dial, it is important to note that some dials run clockwise and others run counterclockwise. The hand follows the numbers and only advances when electricity is being used.


  • Stand directly in front of the meter (this will give you the best view of where the hand is pointing)
  • Read and record the number from each dial starting from the right and moving left
  • When the hand is between two numbers or has just passed a number, record the smaller number (e.g. hand is between the 5 and 6 or has just passed the 5, record the number 5).
  • When the hand appears to be directly on a number, before recording that number, be sure to check the dial to the right. If the hand has not passed zero record the smaller number instead.

What reading would you record for this example? (see answer below)


The correct reading for this example is 1 4 8 3 0

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