How To Read An Electric Meter

To read an electric meter is no big deal, if few basic rules are followed. The electric meter measures the usage of energy or the electricity. The units used for measuring the electricity are kilo watt hours (kWh) and to read an electrical meter measures these kWh.

The electric meter is read from month to month, the variation in these readings account for your usage and you are billed accordingly.

In many countries, water and Light has different rates for the residential customers. And these rates are determined on the basis of kind of heating and cooling equipments being utilized at the residence. The usual type of electric meter contains four or five dials similar to the clock faces. In this type of meter, the right dial measures kWh, which means that the domestic electricity consuming devices have to draw on 1000 watt-hours to move the dial's point one number. When the dial completes one whole cycle or revolution, dial to the left proceeds by one number.

The movement of first, third and fifth dials are clockwise; and the second and fourth dials have an anti clockwise movement. This movement of dials is important to be considered as it helps you to read electric meter.

To read an electricity meter takes into account the following steps as described below:

• First of all dials are to be read from left to right.
• When the pointer of the dial is in between two numbers, then the lower of the two numbers is noted down or considered.
• While reading an electric meter, if the dial hand is positioned exactly on number, then check the dial to the right to find out the correct reading.
• If the dial on right has passed zero then use the number the hand is pointing to on the dial you're reading.
• If the dial has not passed zero then make use of the smaller number on the dial you're reading while you read an electrical meter.

Four-dial meters may be set to trace a percentage of the electricity in use while you read electric meter. If so, the meter may have a multiplying factor written in red on the meter beneath the dials, such as "multiply by 20" or "x40". If there is this type of meter, find the difference between the present reading and the following day's reading and multiply that number by the meter's multiplying factor to determine the actual number of kilowatt-hours used. By following the guidelines given above you can easily track your electricity consumption and can easily cut on to your expenditure as well as you can conserve the energy for future use.

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