Electric use varies from household to household, depending upon the size of your home, number and type of appliances and how you use them. Your electric meter keeps track of it all for you. Electric meters record the total amount of electricity used. You can look at your usage by learning to read your own meter.
Like when you purchase pounds of meat, quarts of milk or gallons of gasoline, you buy kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. One kWh of electricity supplies enough energy to light ten 100-watt lamps for one hour.
Many of our customers have digital meters (pictured at right). To read a digital meter simply read the numbers displayed left to right to track your usage.
In this example the reading is 83895
DIAL 1: The pointer is directly on number 5. Record as 5.
DIAL 2: The pointer has just passed 9, and is between 9 and 0. Record as 9.
DIAL 3: The next dial has passed 8, and is between 8 and 9. Again, record the smaller number which is 8.
DIAL 4: The pointer looks like it is right on the 4, but the dial to its right has not passed zero. So, you would record this dial as 3.
DIAL 5: The pointer is between 8 and 9. Record the smaller number which the pointer just passed, which is 8.