Read your own meter

Learn how to find and read your gas and electricity meter.

Identify your meter type

If you have a basic meter, you can get more up-to-date information about your energy use by sending us your meter read.

The meters below are 'basic meters'. These meters need to be physically read at the meter.

'Digital meters' (also known as smart meters, interval meters or comms meters) are the new generation of electricity meters. Unlike basic meters, a digital meter can be read remotely, which means no more bill estimates. Your usage is updated more regularly so it’s easier to budget and understand where your usage is going.

Manually Read Interval Meters are a type of interval meter that cannot be read remotely. These meters need to be physically read at the meter, using a special device that downloads the meter read data.

Request a digital meter

Find your meter

Most meters are outside:

  • Attached to one of the external walls
  • On the front porch
  • At the rear of your house.

Some meters can be inside:

  • In the hallway near the front of the house
  • In other hallways
  • In the laundry
  • In the garage
  • Under the kitchen sink

If you live in a multi-dwelling building, your meters will probably be together in one place.

This could either be in the:

  • basement
  • carpark, or
  • in a cabinet on your floor.

If you live in NSW, your meter could also be under your kitchen sink.

Your meter should be labelled with your unit number, so make sure you’re reading the right meter. The meter number is usually on the front of the meter.

Read your meter

Before you start

Make sure your meter’s serial number is the same as the one on your last bill, or in the ‘Enter your meter read’ screen of My Account or the AGL app.

Electricity meters

The reading for this meter is: 98595

  • If you're in front of the meter, read each dial from left to right. Helpful hint: the dials alternate in direction.
  • If the pointer is between two numbers, note down the lower number. The only exception is if the dial sits between 9 and 0, you should note down 9.
  • If the pointer is resting directly on a number, look at the dial to the right. If this number hasn't passed 0, then the original dial hasn't passed the number yet and you should note the lower number.

The reading for this meter is: 13858

  • Read the meter from left to right, including all the zeros before the numbers.
  • If a dial is between numbers, record the lower number. The exception is when the dial sits between 9 and 0, note down 9.
  • If your meter has two readings marked with 'L' and 'H', read both. If you have this meter type, send us both numbers.

Type 1

The reading for this meter is: 80842

  • Press the ‘Display’ button to show the reading options on the screen. You might need to press it more than once to cycle to the correct screen.
  • If available, check the configuration reference guide on the meter to find out which screen you’ll need to read.
  • If you’re sending us a read, record your usage for peak, off-peak (if applicable) and solar (if applicable), including all the zeros before the numbers.

Note: The screen in the image shows ‘03’ in small numbers. This means it’s on screen number 3, which shows the total KWh used. Don't include these numbers in your read. Take care not to press the ‘Boost’ button if there is one on your meter.

Type 2

The reading for this meter is: 00188

  • Press the ‘Display’ button to show the reading options on the screen.
  • If you’re sending us a read, record your usage for peak, off-peak (if applicable) and solar (if applicable), including all the zeros before the numbers.

Note: If you have more than one register, keep pressing ‘Display’ to show the other registers. You can check your last bill, invoice, My Account or the AGL app to confirm how many registers you have. Take care not to press the ‘Boost’ button if there is one on your meter.

Type 3

The reading for this meter is: 0010791

  • Record your usage for peak, off-peak (if applicable) and solar (if applicable), including all the zeros before the numbers.

Note: If you have more than one register, the screen will automatically scroll. You can check your last bill, invoice, My Account or the AGL app to confirm how many registers you have.

Type 4

The reading for this meter is: 000196

  • Record your usage for peak, off-peak (if applicable) and solar (if applicable), including all the zeros before the numbers.

Note: If you have more than one register, the screen will automatically scroll. You can check your last bill, invoice, My Account or the AGL app to confirm how many registers you have.

Type 5

The reading for this digital electricity meter is: 035009

  • If you’re sending us a meter read, record your usage for peak, off-peak (if applicable) and solar (if applicable), including all the zeros before the numbers.

Note: If you have more than one register, the screen will automatically scroll. You can check your last bill, invoice, My Account or the AGL app to confirm how many registers you have.

Active Stream (PlusES) digital meters

Model Mk10D – Three phase, one element
  • Register F03D: LCD 01 – Standard current date and time
  • Register 1E00: LCD 03 – Energy you’ve used
  • Register 1E10: LCD 13 – Energy you’ve sent to the grid
Model Mk7C – One phase, one element
  • LCD 01 – Standard current date and time
  • LCD03 – Energy you’ve used
  • LCD 13 – Energy you’ve sent to the grid
Model Mk7A2 – One phase, two element
  • LCD 01* – Standard current date and time
  • LCD03* – Energy you’ve used
  • LCD07* – Energy used by hot water
  • LCD 13* – Energy you’ve sent to the grid
  • LCD 43 – This register should record zero (Not applicable in South Australia)
  • LCD 53 – Total energy you’ve used (not applicable in South Australia)
  • LCD 63 – Total energy you’ve sent to the grid (not applicable in South Australia)

*Note: Some of the older meters will only have 4 LCD displays (01, 03, 07 and 13)

PFIT Solar Configuration

  • LCD 01 - Standard current date and time
  • LCD 03 - Excess energy consumed by customer's load
  • LCD 07 - Total energy consumed by solar system
  • LCD 13 - This register should record zero for PFIT meters
  • LCD 43 - Total energy produced by customer solar system
  • LCD 53 - Total excess energy consumed by customer
  • LCD 63 - Total excess energy exported by solar system

Gas meters

Type 1

The reading for this meter is: 00092

  • Read your meter from left to right including all the zeros before the numbers.
  • If a dial appears to be between numbers, record the lower number.

Note: Ignore the numbers after the comma or decimal point. These are for testing purposes only.

Type 2: Hot water meters

The reading for this meter is: 157291

  • Read your meter from left to right including all the zeros before the numbers.
  • If a dial appears to be between numbers, record the lower number.
  • Enter all the black and white numbers then the first two red numbers.

Type 1

The reading for this gas meter is: 1559.6

  • Read your meter from left to right without including any zeros before the numbers.

Note: Record all the numbers and move the decimal point two spaces to the right. For example, if the meter shows the numbers as 24.232, record it as 2423.2

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Find out how you can use My Account or the AGL app to Submit a meter read.


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