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Electricity: How to read your electric meter

Reading your electric meter allows you to estimate your electricity costs each month.

Here's an example:

  • This is a simplified drawing of a standard electric meter.
  • Read the numbers from left to right. (note that numbers run clock-wise on some dials and counter-clockwise on others) When the hand is between two numbers, take the smaller number unless the pointer is between nine and zero. (The zero stands for ten).
  • Subtract the reading of last month's bill from this month's new reading to determine the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) used.

Meter dial

  • The sample meter shown has a reading of 9,484. The pointer on the first dial is between 4 and 5...read 4. The pointer on the second dial is between 9 and 8. Read 4 on the third dial and 9 on the fourth.
  • If your meter has a number called a multiplier, you need to multiply the number of kWh used by the multiplier to get your final kWh reading.
  • Multiply the kWh you used by the applicable GEUS rate.
  • Not all meters are the same. If you have a question about reading your meter, call us at 903.457.2800.