How To Read An Electric Meter

Electricity plays a crucial role in our daily lives, yet for many homeowners, understanding their electricity usage remains a puzzle. Your electric meter is the vital tool for monitoring consumption, and mastering its reading can lead to cost savings and informed energy-efficient choices. This blog post presents a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to read an electric meter, empowering you to take charge of your energy usage. Should you ever require professional assistance with your electrical systems, remember to contact Done Right Remodeling for expert advice and services.

Step 1: Locate Your Electric Meter

Before delving into the meter reading, it’s essential to know its location. Typically situated outside or in a utility room, if unsure, contact your local utility company or consult property blueprints. Once located, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Identify The Type Of Meter

Electric meters come in various types, with analog (dial) and digital meters being the most common. Here’s how to read both:

A. Reading An Analog (Dial) Meter

Some analog meters have dials displaying readings directly, while others feature a series of dials resembling a clock face. To read:

  • Begin with the leftmost dial and move to the right.
  • Note the number the pointer is indicating on each dial.
  • If between two numbers, record the lower number.
  • Once all dial numbers are noted, you have your reading.

The unit is typically in Kilowatt-hours (kWh).

B. Reading A Digital Meter

Digital meters are simpler. The number on the screen is your current electricity usage. Record this number exactly.

Step 3: Calculate Your Electricity Consumption

To calculate consumption, take two readings at different times, with the difference indicating electricity usage. Choose a consistent timeframe – daily, weekly, or monthly – for accurate tracking.

Step 4: Keep Track Of Your Usage

Maintaining a consumption record aids energy management. Create a spreadsheet or use an app to track patterns, identify spikes, and make informed decisions about reducing consumption.


Mastering the skill of reading your electric meter empowers you to control energy consumption. Regular monitoring helps identify savings opportunities, reduce your carbon footprint, and adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

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