As a business owner it’s in your best interest to understand the readings on your meter so that you can correctly budget for your utility bills and make sure you’re making enough profit to cover your costs.

Here’s a simple guide to the different types of electricity meter and how to take accurate readings:

Types of electricity meter

There are six different types of electricity meter:

– Single Rate Digital Meter
– Two Rate/Economy 7 Meter
– Dial Meter
– Single Rate 6 Digital Meter
– Electronic Meter
– Wattless Meter

How to understand your meter readings

It’s really important to provide your utility company with accurate meter readings as this means they can give you accurate bills and you won’t be caught with any nasty surprises down the line.

Single Rate Digital Meter – write down all numbers reading from left to right. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point, or any numbers shown in red.

Two Rate/Economy 7 Meter you will have two rows of numbers. The top row tells you how many units of off peak electricity you have used and the bottom row tells you how many units of peak electricity you have used.

Follow the instructions for a Single rate digital meter to get an accurate reading and provide your utility company with both rows of numbers.

Dial Meter – read the five dials from left to right ignoring the dial marked 1/10. Write down the number that the pointer has just passed, ensuring that it is the lower of the two numbers on either side of the pointer. If the point is resting exactly on a number and the following dial reads nine, then take one away from the number. 

Single Rate 6 Digital Meter – follow the instructions for the Single Rate Digital Meter.

Electronic Meter – ignore the red button. Use the blue button to scroll through the display screens until you find your reading. Write down all the numbers reading from left to right, ignoring any numbers after the decimal point, or any numbers shown in red.

Wattless Meter – follow the instructions for the Single Rate Digital Meter.

Correctly understanding your meter reading is the best way to make sure you’re not paying too much for your business electricity. If you do think you’re paying too much then take the time to shop around for different business electricity prices and make sure you’re getting the best deal for your business needs.

Find out more about reading your gas or electricity meter at http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/manage-account/how-to-read-meter.html

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