Dial meters

These meters have clock-style dials

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What not to write down

If you're reading your electricity meter, don't write down any numbers from the following if your meter has them: red dials, dials with no pointer, dials with no numbers or dials marked 1/10.

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If you're reading your gas meter, don't write down any numbers from the following if your meter has them: the large dial, the dial marked 100 or any red dials.

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How to read a dial meter

1. Read the dials from left to right. As you read from left to right the dials will turn in opposite directions - if the first one turns clockwise, the next will turn anti-clockwise and so on. You'll need to check which way each dial turns before you read it. Be sure to remember this when recording your reading, if not you may take an incorrect reading.

2. If a pointer is between two numbers write down the lower number. For example, if the dial looked like this, you should write down a 4. If the pointer is between 9 and 0, write down 9 not 0.

circle scale with numbers from 0 to 9 - E.ON

3. If a pointer is directly on a number, you'll need to look at the next dial before you write anything down.

- if the next dial is between 0 and 1, write down the number that the previous pointer was on. For example, if the dials looked like this you should write down 3.

two circle scales with numbers from 0 to 9 - E.ON

- If the next dial is between 9 and 0, write down the number before the one the previous pointer was on. For example, if the dials looked like this, you should write down 2.

two circle scales with numbers from 0 to 9 - E.ON