You will often get a visit from someone from your Electricity company who will come and read you meter. They will then submit these readings and this is what your billing will be based off. However, there will be times when you need to take your own readings and submit these to your supplier yourself. It is important that the information you provide is correct and accurate as submitting the wrong figures will cause your billing to be incorrect and potentially higher.
Reading a Digital Electricity Meter
If you have a digital electrical meter you need to read the meter from left to right ignoring the last red digit.
It can become difficult to read a digital electricity meter difficult when your business uses more than one rate in its tariff for example a day and a night rate. If this is the case, a register will be used to count your business electricity usage in each period.
Some businesses may use meters that have multiple registers which should be labelled for the period that they measure. For example, day rates may be measured by Normal/Peak/Unit 1 and night rates may be measured by Low/Off Peak/night/Unit 2.
Reading a Dial Electricity Meter
Just like a digital meter you should take your reading from left to right ignoring the last red number.
Dial meters typically have 6 dials but only the first 5 numbers are used to take your meter reading.
If the needle is between two numbers, you should always take the lower number. However, if the needle is between 9 and 0 use 9.
If you are lucky and the needle is pointing directly at a number write it down and underline it. If the number in the next dial is a 9 then you need to minus 1 from the underlined number.
Reading an Electric Electricity Meter
If you have an electric meter the readings will either all be displayed on the same screen at the same time or will be displayed on at a time. They will identify which rate it refers to usually with a label as follows: R1/Rate 1/N/Normal/Peak or R2/Rate 2/L/Low/Off Peak to identify the reading.
It is advisable to take regular readings to ensure that you keep track of your business energy use and to ensure that your bills are accurate.