How to Read Gas and Electric Meters

How to Read the Gas Meter

  • Gas utility companies bill customers on several different measures. Foremost, natural gas is generally gauged by cubic foot, but then billed by hundreds of cubic feet (CCF) and thousands of cubic feet (MCF) or even by therm.
  • Gas lines, leading to the meter employ force as the movement of gas accelerates. Following the complete rotation of the gas meter’s dial, the pointer advances to the next value; and, the dial increases by one digit. Numbers are read from left to right on the gas meter of each dial.

How to Read Electric Meters

  • Electric utility bills charge Florissant households according to kilowatts used by the hour. Electric meters gauge power based on wattage. One kilowatt is equivalent to1000-watts. A domicile in Florissant, MO using 4,000 watts of power in an hour utilizes 4-kilowatts per hour (kWh).
  • Typically, an electric meter is comprised of a mechanism, resembling a clock. As a household consumes currents from the electrical power lines, gears inside of the electric power meter advance forward. On the face of the meter, each movement is documented with each dial succession. (Gear rotation coincides with power consumption and current usage).
  • Read the numbers off the electric meter of the dial from right to left. If the pointer is on a number, document the dial to its right. When the dial is not quite past zero, refer to the next lower number. If the dial has already passed the zero, then go to the subsequent higher number.
  • Starting with the dial on the far right, write down this number and the rest of the dial. In situations, where the hand on the dial falls between two numbers, choose the lowest.

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