Dummies Guide to Reading a Meter
Chances are your energy provider will want you to check your meter at some point in the year, and it’s more than likely one of those scary adult things you’ve never had to do before. It’s important that the energy company can get the readings to check your bills are accurate and you’re not being over or under charged for the amount you use. There are different meters for your gas and electricity – your provider may need both or just one. Here’s a quick guide to reading your meter that will get you checking those digits in no time!
Firstly, you need to find your meter. Hopefully you know where it is and can skip this section but if not there’s some prime places to check. Do you have one of those weird metal boxes on the outside of your house with the funny hole on the far right? If so, that’ll likely hold your meter but you’ll need a meter key to open it up; these cost a couple quid from your local supermarket. If your house has a basement area, it might be down there, so get your flashlight app up and try not to trip up! Any kind of storage area, especially under the stairs, is also a prime location so remember to check ground level and near the ceiling – it can really vary from house to house. If you still can’t find it don’t be afraid to ask your landlord – they’ll know for certain.