How to read your digital electricity meter

  • Read the numbers from left to right, ignoring the red number(s).
  • Next time you read the meter, take the old total away from the new. This will give you the number of units used. When the total number of units used reaches 99,999 the meter starts again at 0.
  • If you have an Economy 7 meter, your meter will have 2 rows of figures.
    • The row marked ‘LOW’ is the rate for night or off peak units.
    • The row marked ‘NORMAL’ shows how many units you have used at the day or peak rate.

The reading on this example is 94694


How to read your electronic electricity meter


You may have an electronic meter if you are on an Economy 7 price plan.

Electronic meters are easy to read. Simply press the button on the front and read the display. Just follow the instructions that apply to your meter. The manufacturer’s name is on the front of the meter.

If you have a Landis and Gyr meter, click here.

If you have a Horstmann meter, click here


How to read your dial electricity meter

To read a dial meter look at the position of the pointers on the dials and follow these instructions:

  • Read the dials from left to right, starting with the dial marked 10,000.
  • Ignore the dial marked 1/10 as it is only used for testing.
  • When the pointer is between two numbers, always write down the lower number. This is not necessarily the nearest number to the pointer.
  • If the pointer is exactly on a number, write it down and underline it.
  • If any of the numbers that you have underlined are followed by a 9, you will need to take one away from the number that you have underlined.

The reading on this example is 94694



How to read your Landis electricity meter

This meter has one black button on the front of the meter which changes the display. Push this button and the following displays appear:


How to read your Horstmann electricity meter

The Horstmann meter has 2 buttons on the front. Ignore the red button which is not used. The blue button changes the display. Push this button and the following display appears: