Want to read your meter just like the meter reader does? It’s easy. 

There are two main types of meter – basic meters and digital or ‘smart’ meters. We’ll help you to identify and read both.

Most basic meters show a row of clock faces, although some electricity meters show a digital display. Don’t confuse these with digital meters. They are just newer basic meters.

Both types of meters work like the odometer in your car – simply clocking up the amount of electricity you use over time.

Reading the numbers

On the clock faces, read your usage by recording the number each ‘clock’ hand is pointing to. Read the clocks from left to right. Always record the lower number when the hand is between two numbers.

 Electricity meter

electricity meter readings

The reading is 4,508 kilowatt-hours.

Gas meter

gas meter readings

The reading is 1,394 m3.

Basic meter digital display

meter reading

The reading is 3,693 m3.

Calculate your own usage

You can calculate your usage the same way we do:

  1. Note your meter read at the start of your billing period. 
  2. Read your meter again at the end of your billing period.
  3. Subtract your first reading from your second one. The number you get is how much gas or electricity you used for that period.

Digital meters show a digital display and you can scroll through different screens to see different pieces of information.

If you have a digital meter, we don’t need to come out and read it manually - the meter sends reads to us automatically. This data is what you can view when you log in to My Account and track your usage.

However, if you do want to read your meter, read this Digital meter guide (PDF 95 KB) or watch the video below that matches your meter type:

MK7C type meter

A demonstration of how to read an MK7C meter

L&G type meter

A demonstration of how to read an L&G meter