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Reading Your Meter

The electric meter keeps track of the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity you use. Each month, a Duke Energy representative reads the meter to determine how much electricity you have used since the last reading. Your monthly bill is based on this meter reading.

The electricity you buy from Duke Energy is measured in kilowatt-hours. A kilowatt equals 1,000 watts, and a kilowatt-hour is 1,000 watts used for one hour. As an example, ten 100-watt light bulbs left on for one hour use one kilowatt-hour of electricity. Some appliances, like heating and cooling appliances use more.

Reading a meter is easy. Once you learn the basics, you can easily check your own meter to see how much electricity you are using.

Your meter is one of two types - dial or digital.