How To Read A Digital Power Meter

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If you already know what type of meter you have, skip to the right guide for taking a meter reading here:. Help me take readings from my traditional non-smart meterIf your meter has an analogue display or dials. Got a smart meter? Help me take a reading from my first generation (SMETS1) smart metersMost likely if installed before March 2018.

Help me take a reading (or an export reading) from my Secure SMETS1 smart metersIf your meter has a 'Secure' logo on the front and was installed before March 2018Help me take a reading (or an export reading) from my second generation (SMETS2) smart metersMost likely if your meter was installed some time after March 2018. None of the above? If you’ve got a traditional analogue energy meter (not a smart one), you’ll need to send in regular meter readings so we can work out how much energy you’re using.

Smart meters remove the need for meter readings (they send readings to us automatically - register your interest in a smart meter and we'll be in touch when engineers are available in your area) but there are a handful of situations where you might still need to take a manual meter reading from your smart meter.If you're on one of our export tariffs, you'll have to provide 'export readings' from your SMETS1 or SMETS2 meter (not your generation meter, or your In-Home Display) so we can calculate your export payments.

Below, in our guides to taking readings from SMETS1 and SMETS2 meters, we'll also explain how to take export readings from a range of different meters.

If you're meter isn't included on the list, don’t hesitate to get in touch.Electricity and gas meters come in several different shapes and sizes, so before we can tell you how to read your meter, it’s important to work out which type of meter you have.

All households had meters like this up until a few years ago, when smart meters began being installed.If your meter haven't been changed since before 2017, and either has dials or an analogue meter display with 4-6 black and white (and some red) numbers, you have traditional meters. Here's how to take readings from traditional analogue meters. There are two different generations of smart meters – SMETS1, the earlier version, and SMETS2, the latest version.

If you're already with us, you can head to your online account dashboard. In the section that contains information about your meters, click 'how to read my meter', which will take you to the correct section of this blog. To be 100% sure which kind of meter you have, the best way to find out exactly which type (and brand) of smart meter you have is to contact the energy supplier that installed it.

If that was us, don’t hesitate to get in touch!We installed Secure™ branded smart meters up until 2018, they have 'Secure' logos on the front.

(Secure™ also supplied meters to Utilita, Shell, OVO, E.ON and Bristol Energy - so if you have a first generation SMETS1 smart meter from them and it’s a Secure™ meter, this section is for you too!). If you're still unsure, the easiest thing to do isget in touch! Digital single meterLooks like this:. Write down the five numbers as they appear.

Ignore the red one. This is for those of you on two energy rates for different times of the day. The cheaper one is on top. Write down the five numbers as they appear, ignoring the red ones. Looks like this:.

Some dual meters have a single display where you might have to press a button to view each rate. Write down the numbers as they appear. Press the button to see the next reading, then write that down too. Here you’ll see five dials, each with numbers 0 to 9.

There may be a sixth dial on the right, sometimes in red, or with 1/10 next to it – ignore this. Write down the numbers the pointer has just passed, from left to right. If the pointer lies exactly on any number, underline it (in the above example, you would underline the 4).