Ask Kim - How to Read Your Electricity Meter

In this episode, Kim answers a question from Martin in Albany, NY, who asks, "How do I read my home's electricity meter?" Follow along with Kim as she explains what your meter does and how to read it.

Hi this is Kim with SaveOnEnergy, here to answer your energy savings questions. Today's question comes from Martin in Albany, who asks, "How do I read my home's electricity meter?"

If want to read your own meter, either to monitor your consumption or to verify your bill, don't let it's appearance scare you. Reading your meter is as simple as knowing how to interpret the dials.

Each dial represents a digit in your kilowatt hour consumption. The dials alternate their rotation directions, which can be confusing, but the important thing to remember is to always take the smaller of the two numbers when the arm is between digits.

If one of the dials is too close to call, look at the dial to the right. If the hand is between 0 and 5, go with the higher number. If the hand is between 5 and 0, go with the lower number.

For example, this meter reads: 6, 6, 0, 3, 0, meaning 3,066 kilowatt hours.

To monitor your usage, you'll have to take more than one reading. Your consumption will be the difference between two readings. If you have a new smart meter, you won't have to worry about reading dials, as most have a simple digital readout that can be read at a glance.

For more energy saving tips for your home, visit SaveOnEnergy,com or send us your energy savings questions. See you next time!

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