Reading Your Gas Meter
Being able to read your gas meter is the best way to ensure the accuracy of your bill. Each time you are billed, you will see a previous meter reading, a present meter reading and the dates for each of those. Your usage will be the amount used from one meter reading to the next.
First you will need to locate your gas meter on the outside of your house. You can make sure you have the correct meter by matching the meter number from your bill to the number on the meter.
We measure your gas in MCF’s. One MCF is equivalent to a thousand cubic feet of gas. There are two different types of meters.
The majority of our meters have a digital readout. There are 4 numbers on your meter that roll. These are simple to read. Your reading will consist of the first three numbers from left to right. The last number is a rounding number. If this number is 5 or above, the third number would be rounded up. If the number is below 5, the number would remain the same.
The correct reading for this meter is 184.
The other type of meter we have is shown below.
Each dial turns in the opposite direction to the one before it. Before you read your dial meter, check the direction of your dials. They may not be exactly as those illustrated above. Every dial on every meter revolves from 0-1 and on through to 9 before continuing to 0 again.
To read correctly:
Read the dials from left to right
If the pointer is between the two numbers, always take the lower number
If the pointer is directly over a number, write down that number
The last dial is used to round your reading. If it is 5 or above, round the previous number up. If it is below 5, the previous number would remain the same.
The correct reading for the above picture is 014
Other dials on the meter are for the natural gas company’s use when testing the meter for accuracy. The only dials you need to be concerned with when reading your meter are the large dials with numbers on them.
If you have any questions or would like help reading your meter, please contact our office.