Reading your own meter

Your electricity meter keeps track of how much electricity you use in kilowatt hours (kWh). Most residential and some business electricity meters are manually read once a quarter by a professional meter reader, however some business electricity meters are read monthly. You can read your own electricity meter to find out how much electricity you have used by following the steps relevant to your type of meter as outlined below.

The majority of homes in Ausgrid’s network area have traditional electromechanical meters, with 5 dials (like clock faces). The remainder have cyclometer or digital displays that are more straightforward to read.

How to read a dial display

Dial meters have between 4 and 6 dials that alternately move clockwise and anti-clockwise.  

Dial meter

Dial display


Steps to reading your Dial Meter

  • 1. To read the display, stand directly in front of the meter so you can clearly see the hands on all dials.
  • 2. Start with the clock that is furthest on the right and write down each number.  If the hand points in between two numbers, write down the lowest number (note – write down 9 if the hand points between 9 and 0).
  • 3. Do the same with the next dial as you move to the left (ignore any red dials)
  • The meter dials below show consumption of 46,925.
Dial meter

Reading the dials.


How to read a cyclometer display

A cyclometer display is easy to read and is similar to the odometer in your car. Simply write down the six digits displayed. This meter shows consumption of 25,030 kWh.

Odometer meter

Cyclometer display.


How to read a digital display

The newest accumulation meters have a digital display that is also easy to read.  Simply write down the digits displayed.  This meter shows consumption of 94 kWh.

Digital display

Digital Display


How to read the digital display on an interval and smart meter

Interval and smart meters displays show you the total amount of electricity you use for each tariff on the meter, such as domestic load, Off Peak Hot Water or Solar Generation. Details of the different tariff registers displayed on the electronic display of the meter can be found in Section 2.4.2 of ES3.

Ausgrid programs its interval meters to automatically cycle through the available displays every 6-8 seconds. You can press the button (if available) to more quickly move through the meters display.

Interval meters always display the date and time before cycling through to other displays. (Note that the time is always in Eastern Standard Time, as this is required by National Electricity Rules). After the date and time, the first display is always the total kWh.

1 Date display (27/8/2014) Reading your meter date display

2 Time
Reading your meter time display
3 Total kWh 
Reading your meter KwH display


Other Notes

Please note that this number may not be the same as the start and finish reads on your electricity bill. To accurately determine your consumption for the quarter you will need to read your meter on the next scheduled read date, which is identified on your bill.

Most customers have one electricity meter per tariff, however depending on the connection arrangement; there may be two or more meters per tariff. To determine your electricity usage, all of the meters associated with the tariff should be read. Your electricity bill will identify which meters are associated with each tariff.