In this guide, we explain how to read electricity and gas meters...

How do I read my meter?

Identify which type of meter you have.

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There are two types of electricity meters, digital and dial. These are further split into single rate and dual rate meters.

How to read a single rate digital meter

1. Write down the numbers left to right, including any zeros

2. Ignore any numbers in red or after the decimal point

Commonly known as an Economy 7 or Economy 10 meter, a dual rate meter will display two readings. One is for the day and the other for the night, as you’re charged different rates based on your daytime (peak) and night-time (off-peak) usage.

How to read an Economy 7 or Economy 10 meter

1. Write down the numbers left to right, including any zeros

2. Ignore any numbers in red or after the decimal point

3. Make a note of which reading is for day and night

How to read a dial meter

1. Ignore the red dials

2. Read the dials from left to right, including any zeros

3. Make a note of the number that the pointer has just passed

4. If the pointer is between two numbers, write down the lowest, e.g. if the pointer is between four and five, write down four, even if it’s closer to five

5. If the pointer is on top of a number underline it

6. If any of the underlined numbers are followed by a zero or nine, take away one

For example, the above dial meter would read:

10,000 = 6

1,000 = 7

100 = 1

10 = 3

1 = 8

Meter reading = 67138

A meter point administration number (MPAN) is the unique electricity supply number for your property. You can find this on your bill or statement.

There are three types of gas meters, digital metric, imperial and dial meters.

Meter reading = 05249

How to read a digital metric meter

1. Write down the numbers left to right, including any zeros

2. Ignore any numbers in red or after the decimal point

Meter reading = 3682

How to read an imperial meter

1. Write down the numbers left to right, including any zeros.

2. Ignore any numbers in red or after the decimal point.

How to read a dial meter

1. Ignore the top dials completely and take a reading from the bottom row of dials

2. Read the dials from left to right, including any zeros

3. Make a note of the number the pointer has just passed

4. If the pointer is between two numbers write down the lowest, e.g. if the pointer is between four and five, write down four, even if it’s closer to five

5. If the pointer is on top of a number underline it

6. If any of the underlined numbers are followed by a zero or nine, take away one

For example, the above dial meter would read:

1 Million = 5

100 Thousand = 7

10 Thousand = 1

1 Thousand = 3

Meter reading = 5713

A meter point reference number (MPRN) is the unique gas supply number for your property. You can find this on your bill or statement.