Dial meters

These meters have clock-style dials

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What not to write down

On electricity meters, do not 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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On gas meters, do not 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 will need to check which way each dial turns before you read it.

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.

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3. If a pointer is directly on a number, you will 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.

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- 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.

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