How to Read Your Meter | National Grid
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We collect automated meter readings for most of our customers now, but you can still read your meter and track your usage yourself. Regardless of whether you want to track your gas or electric usage, there are two basic types of meters – dial meters and digital meters.

Dial Meter

A dial meter may seem tricky at first, but it won’t take long to get the hang of it. The reading for the above meter is 7-9-5-3. Review the rules below and hover over the dials in the image to follow how we got this reading:

  • Don’t be confused by the direction of the dials – they will alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise.
  • Record your numbers from right to left.
  • If the hand is pointed between two numbers, always record the smaller number. NOTE: We count 0 as the highest number the dial can reach because it signifies a complete turn, so treat 9 as the lower number in these cases.
  • If a hand points directly on a number, check the dial to the right. If the dial to the right was a 9, subtract one before recording the number on the dial. Otherwise, record it as is.

Digital Meter

With a digital meter, the numbers are read from left to right. The reading for the digital meter pictured above would be 0 - 0 - 4 - 0 -8.

Tracking daily usage

Get a sense of how you can save energy and better understand your usage patterns by reading your meter at the same time every day. Learn more ways to save on your energy bill.

Meter problems

If your meter is damaged or shows signs of vandalism, please contact us.