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Reading a dial type meter is easy--

The electric meter installed on your home or office records the amount of electricity used in kilowatt hours (kWh). A reading is taken once each month by one of our meter readers and the usage is then billed to your account. Reading your electric meter may look complicated - but it's actually easy. To read your meter, follow the steps below. You'll notice that the numbers do not all run in the same direction and for clarification, refer to the two examples below:

When standing directly in front of your electric meter, you will see five dials, that each look similar to a clock. To get the correct reading begin at the far right and read to the left and write the numbers down as you go. When a hand is between two numbers, record the lower number. If you can't decide if the hand is directly on the number, as reflected on dial E in the first example below, look at the dial to the right. If the hand on the dial to the right has passed "0" write down the number the hand is on for the dial in question. If the hand on the dial to the right has not passed "0", write down the lower number for the dial in question. For example, since the hand in dial "D" has not passed "0", dial "E" is "2".

Example A:

2 7 4 5 8

Example B:

2 7 8 3 5

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