Meter Reading Tips

Electric and Gas:

A typical electric or gas meter has four or five dials which are read from left to right and should be recorded in that order. Note that every other dial runs counterclockwise, like the first and third dials below. Always record the lower of the two numbers on either side of the pointer. If the pointer is between 9 and 0, record 9. If between 0 and 1, record 0. 

In this example, record 7 for the first dial, 9 for the second, 4 for the third dial, and 2 for the last dial. The reading to report is 7942.


A water meter reads like the odometer in an automobile.

In this example, the reading to report is: 65137