Reading Your Meter

Meters with Digital Indexes

The majority of our gas meters have indexes with digital readout.  To read these meters, simply record the numbers indicated by the moving digits on the register and note the units that are being recorded (usually hundreds of cubic feet).

 Digital Index

       Meter Reading:   1 8 3 8


Meters with Dial Indexes

There may be some analog meters in the system.  These meters normally have four (4) reading dials in a horizontal line with the dials labeled from left to right as 1 million, 100 thousand, 10 thousand, and 1 thousand.  Also, there may be one or more additional dials labeled “half foot, two foot, etc.” used or meter tests which are to be ignored in reading the meter.  You may have trouble reading this type of index.  Use the following ruled whenever reading dial indexes.

 “The Same or Lower Number Rule”

When the pointer appears to be on or near a number, read it exactly as that number if the pointer of the dial on the immediate right is near 1 or 2.  Read it as the lower number if the pointer of the dial on the immediate right is near 8 or 9.

Here is how your gas meter is read from left to right (some meters may have 3, 4, or 5 dials; however the sequence of rotation and the readings are the same).  The hands on dials 1 and 3 move counter-clockwise and the hands on dials 2 and 4 move clockwise.  The hands on all of the dials move in the same direction of the number 0 to 9.  In reading the meter, start on dial 1, and put down the last number the hand has passed and do the same for each dial until all have been read. Below is an example to assist you.

        Meter Reading:  1 6 1 3