There are different types of meters. And this is how you read them.
Basic Gas Meters.
Type 1: Metric Meters.
- Metric Meters are the most common gas meters used in Australia.
- Usage is measured in cubic metres on the display.
- Metric Meters or Digital Meters are very easy to read.
When taking a reading from the gas meter, read left to right. For gas meters, you only need to read the black or white digits. The red numbers are used for testing purposes only.
Type 2: Imperial Meters.
- Consumption of gas is measured by reading the values on clock faces.
- Imperial or Clock Face Meters have a number of dials
- It’s important to note the hands rotate in different directions.
Standing directly in front of the meter, read the dials from left to right. Write down the corresponding figures from left to right as you read them. If the hand is between two numbers, note the lower number, except when the hand is between 0 and 9 in which case, read 9.
Basic Electricity Meter.
- A Dial Meter has four, five or six dials that look like clock faces.
- The dials on a meter tell us how much usage that meter has recorded.
- A meter number is located at the bottom of the meter and is like a registration number.
Standing directly in front of the meter, read the dials from left to right. Write down the corresponding figures from left to right as you read them. When a dial hand points between numbers, write down the lower of the two numbers. For example, if it points between 5 and 6, write 5, between 9 and 0, write 9.
When a dial hand appears to be exactly on a number, look at the dial to the right. If the hand on the next dial has not passed zero, the number on the preceding dial has not actually been reached and so it is the lower number.