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How do I read my dial meter?

Clock-face dial meters have four, five or six dials, which alternate in direction. To read these meters:

  • stand directly in front of the meter
  • starting from the right, read each dial and write down the figures
  • when a dial hand points between two numbers, write down the lower of the two
  • if the hand points between 0 and 1 write down 0, but if the hand points between 0 and 9, write down 9
Diagram 1 Diagram 2
Diagram 1 -  Meter with 27038 reading Diagram 2 -  Meter with 04981 reading
For example, the reading in diagram 1 is 2-70-3-8, that is, 27,038 kilowatt hours (units).
  • when a dial hand appears to be exactly on a number as on dial (D) in diagram 2, look at dial (C) to the right
  • if the hand on dial (C) has not passed 0, the number 5 has not actually been reached on dial (D) and the reading on that dial is the next lower number, 4
  • the reading in diagram 2 is 0-4-9-8-1. That is 4,981 kilowatt hours (units)

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