This is a quarter turn valve. Turn the valve such that the top is in line with the meter and service line for ‘ON’ (Open). For ‘OFF’ (Closed), turn the valve across the service line (with the locking ears aligned).
If you suspect you have a leak, make sure everything is turned off then watch this small triangle to determine if water is going through the meter. Even the smallest leak or flow of water through the meter will cause this indicator to turn, often when no movement is visible on the large dial.
I want to Read My Meters
Residential Electric Meter
On a dial meter there are five dials, numbered 0 through 9, with the 0 at the top. You’ll notice that the numbers go around the face clockwise on some dials, but counterclockwise on every other dial.
• Read the dials from left to right.
• When the pointer lies between two numbers, record the smaller number.
• If the pointer is directly on a number, look at the dial to its immediate right.
• If that pointer has not passed zero, write down the smaller number.
Subtract the previous reading from the new reading, and you will know how many kilowatt hours you have used.
This meter is reading 81384.
For instructions on how to read an AMI meter, see the bottom of this page.
Residential Gas Meter
On your residential gas meter there are five or six dials, depending upon the type of meter you have. Your gas consumption is determined by the top four dials. You will notice that the numbers will go clockwise on some dials, but counterclockwise on every other dial.
• The dial readings should be read from left to right.
• If the pointer is in between two numbers, record the smaller number.
Subtract the previous reading from the new reading, and you will know how many hundreds of cubic feet of natural gas you have used.
The meter is reading 8149.
Residential Water Meter
Your residential water meter has only one dial. The dial has a sweep hand which measures water usage in gallons. One complete revolution equals ten gallons of water used. The odometer-type register in the middle of the dial registers the hundreds of gallons used.
To read the meter, record the numbers from the odometer-type register. Since the odometer registers in hundreds of gallons you do not record the last two numbers. (The last number is a permanent number and the next dial registers tenths.) The remaining dials register the actual (in hundreds) water used.
Subtract the previous reading from the new reading and you will know how many hundreds of gallons of water you have used.
This meter is reading 3692.
I want to calculate my usage.
How To Calculate Your Residential Electric Bill
Electric Consumption shown on bill is 816.
816 x $0.08875 (example rate for first 1,400 kWh) = $72.42
Customer Charge = $8.88
Total Electric Bill = $81.30
Electric Consumption shown on bill is 4682.
1,400 x $0.08875(example rate for first 1,400 kWh) = $124.25
3,282 x $0.09689(example rate for over 1,400 kWh) = $317.99
Customer Charge = $8.88
Total Electric Bill = $451.12
How To Calculate Your Residential Gas Bill
Gas Consumption shown on bill is 2500.
2500 x $.008710 (example rate) = $21.78
Availability Charge = $4.50
Total Gas Bill = $26.28
How To Read an AMI Electric Meter
This is the initial screen that appears when the meter is first powered up and it cycles through a complete revolution.
This screen shows the kilowatt hours.
This screen shows the demand reading on the meter.
If “CLS” appears on the screen, it means the meter is operating and the customer is receiving power.
If “OPN” appears on the screen, the meter is in a disconnect state and the customer should not be receiving power.
The GSS screen shows how many meters, routers, and collectors the meter is connecting with.
There is one other display that may show but it is for an industrial or commercial customer that has KVA or KVAR. The display will be the same as above except it will display kva or kvar in description.
Meters will not have all the same displays all the time. Different customers require different programs and different meters, which will reflect on the displays (mainly commercial and industrial customers).