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How to Read Your Electric Meter

Keep Track of Your Electric Usage by Reading Your Meter Regularly.

Electricity affords us many conveniences at the flick of a switch; however, each time that switch is turned on, your meter at home or business spins.  Keeping track of your electricity usage is smart because by reading your meter on a regular basis, you can easily associate the usage patterns and appliances with the amount of electricity you use, possibly saving you money.

Peru Utilities uses two different kinds of electric meters.  The newer style is digital, the older is analog. 

To read the digital style, look at the readout on the meter.  This display will flash two separate numbers.  The first is all 8s, which is a test pattern.  The second number is four-digits, this is your meter reading.  The difference between this reading and the previous reading on your bill is the number of kilowatt-hours you have used.

You should read your meter at least weekly, to help you plot your electricity consumption. Make sure you take your reading at the same time of day each time so you have an accurate means of comparison.

Use the drawing below to help you read your analog meter.

Meter low res
How to read your analog electric meter:
Note: Some meters are calibrated with a factor of ten.  When reading your meter, if it says "Constant - 10" then you will need to multiply your reading by 10 in order to identify the amount of consumption.  The above diagram is representative of a typical residential meter.  The arrows on the diagram indicate the direction the dial rotates.
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