# Meters

__GAS METERS:__

Your gas meter will be one of two styles, Metric or Imperial. If it’s metric the display will show M3 (M3) as cubic meters. For imperial displays it will show cubic feet as Ft3 (ft3).

**Imerial meters **will either be a 'dials' type or display 'analog digits'. there will be four main dials or digits, and two digits after the decimal point. When talking a meter reading the numbers after the decimal point can be ignored.

If your meter is in metric showing volume used in cubic meters, the meter will have at least five digits with three after the decimal point. The metric **gas meter** is newer than analog and some meters will be digital with the LCD screen showing five digits and three digits after the decimal point.

__Gas Digital Imperial Meter__

**How to read this meter**

Write down all the numbers from left to right including any zero's. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or which may be shown in red.

The reading for the above meter is **2988.**

__Gas Digital Metric Meter__

**How to read this meter**

Write down all the numbers from left to right including any zero's. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or which may be shown in red.

The reading for the above meter is **75193**.

__ELECTRICITY METERS:__

There are 4 types of meter:

1) Single Rate meter

2) Two Rate/ Economy 7 meter

3) Prepayment meter

4) Dial meter

__Standard single rate meter: __

__Standard single rate meter:__

This is a standard meter used by most of the domestic customers. The rate for this meter is at the same price 24 hours a day and is calculated in terms of kilowatt-hours.

In order to read a meter you only need to take a reading of five black numbers from left to right ignoring any red numbers if present.

__Two Rate / Economy 7 Meter__

__Two Rate / Economy 7 Meter__

This is a two rate meter for day and night. In most case the top row is for ‘day rate’ and is marked as normal read and the bottom row is for ‘night rate’ and is marked as low read.

This meter operates on the same principle as the Standard single rate meter except they give two read i.e. day and night. Your supplier will charge you a different rate i.e. low rate for night time and high rate for day time.

**Prepayment meter: **

**Prepayment meter:**

A prepayment meter, also known as pay as you go meters, enables you to pay your electricity before you use it. Prepayment meters usually accept tokens or cards that can be bought or topped up, respectively. The advantage of this kind of meter is that you can budget for how much electricity you use by paying for it before you use it and the disadvantage of this meter is the rate will be higher compared to others.

__Dial Meter:__

__Dial Meter:__

Most dial meters have five or more dials and the pointers on the dials go round from 0 to 9. In order to read this type of meter:

i) Read the numbers on the dials from left to right, ignoring the last red dial (if it is present.

ii) If the pointer on any of the dials is between two numbers, record the lower number

iii) If the pointer is exactly on a number, record the next lowest number- unless the pointer on the dial to the its right has passed zero.

__Single Rate Digital Meter__

**How to read this meter**

Write down all the numbers from left to right including any zero's. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or which may be shown in red.

The reading for the above meter is **07220**.

__Two Rate / Economy 7 Meter__

If you get lower-price, off-peak electricity, your meter may have two rows of numbers.

The top row (marked 'LOW' or 'NIGHT') shows how many units of off-peak electricity you have used. The bottom row (marked 'NORMAL' or 'DAY') shows how many units of peak electricity you have used.

The reading for the above meter is** 556315 & 21745**7.