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Want help reading your meter or are you struggling with your smart meter? Here's how you do it.

The big question: How do I read my meter?

From dial meters to mechanical meters, we've got you covered with a step-by-step guide on how to read your electricity and gas meters. You can then enter your meter readings online.

How to read a dial meter.

These meters look a little like clocks. On electricity meters, ignore any numbers from red dials, dials with no pointer, dials with no numbers or dials marked 1/10. On gas meters, ignore any numbers from the large dial, the dial marked 100 or any red dials.

  • Read the dials from left to right. As you read from left to right, the dials will turn in opposite directions. If the first one turns clockwise, the next will turn anti-clockwise and so on. You’ll need to check which way each dial turns before you read it.

  • If a pointer is between two numbers, write down the lower number. For example, if the pointer is between 9 and 0, write down 9, not 0.

  • If a pointer is directly on a number, you’ll need to look at the next dial before you write anything down.

  • If the next dial is between 0 and 1, write down the number that the previous pointer was on.

  • If the next dial is between 9 and 0, write down the number before the one the previous pointer was on.

How to read a digital meter.

These meters have a digital display screen. Write down the numbers shown on the display. If there’s a decimal point, ignore anything after it. Make sure you write down the numbers shown on the display for each rate, such as day or night, low or normal, Rate 1 or Rate 2, A1 or A2, R1 or R2.

Depending on your type of digital meter:

  • The rates might display together.

  • The display might change between the rates automatically.

  • You might have to press a button to switch between the rates.

How to read a mechanical meter.

You'll be able to tell you have a mechanical meters as they have rotating counters.

  • Write down the numbers shown on the display. Ignore any red numbers or any numbers with red borders.

  • If there’s a decimal point, ignore anything after it.

  • Make sure you write down the numbers shown on the display for each rate, such as Day or Night, Low or Normal, Rate 1 or Rate 2, A1 or A2, R1 or R2.

How to read a smart meter.

  • If you have an electricity single rate smart meter, the display will automatically show the reading.

  • If you have an electricity dual rate smart meter, press and release the blue display button and this will show Rate 2.

  • For gas smart meters, press and hold the red button A for 5-10 seconds. This will then display ‘Credit ON’. Press and release button A, and the meter will display the reading.

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Here are the most asked metering questions.

Why are you asking me for a meter reading every month?

So you know where you are with your energy, we prefer to create your bills based on actual meter readings. And to make it easier, we’ll email you every month to remind you. Don’t worry if you can’t send us a reading now and again - If you pay a fixed amount by Direct Debit every month, if we haven’t received a meter reading in three months we’ll send you an estimated bill. And if you usually pay when you get your bill, we’ll send you and estimated one every month if we haven’t received a meter reading from you.

Need a bit more help with your meter?

Check out the various metering guides we have to help you with your query, including how to read your smart meter and getting the most from your smart In-Home Display.

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Have a read through our latest blog post to discover how you can switch to a smart meter and do your bit for the environment.

Saving power, pennies and the planet

Check out our energy efficiency page for our latest energy saving tricks and tips.

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If you prefer giving us a ring, know that our lines are open 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am - 4pm Friday.

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We're always still here for you after 5pm or over the weekend if you have an emergency with your prepayment or credit meter. You can either call 0808 501 5088, or you can email us or get in touch on our Social Media channels.