How to Read Power Meters to Boost Cost Savings

As a homeowner, you’re responsible for monitoring the energy usage of your household. Checking your power meter is one way to stay on top of things and make sure you’re not wasting electricity. But do you know how to read power meters?

The process may seem too technical. But, never fear! This blog post will walk you through everything you need to know about how to read power meters.

We’ll cover why it is important to check your energy consumption and when is the best time to do it.

By the end of this post, reading your power meter will be a breeze!

Table of Contents

  1. Check the Dials
  2. Read the Dial Numbers
  3. Convert to Dollars
  1. Know What Type of Power Meter You Have
  2. Know How to Read Your Power Meter
  3. Use a Power Meter Reading Tool
  4. Compare Your Power Meter Reading to Your Utility Bill
  5. Keep Track of Your Power Meter Readings

How to Read Power Meters

As a homeowner, you may find yourself wondering how to read your power meter. After all, understanding your electricity usage is the first step to conserving energy and saving money on your utility bill.

Here are a few tips on how to read power meters.

1. Check the Dials

Most electricity meters have several dials that measure different aspects of your power usage. The most important one to pay attention to is the one that measures kilowatt-hours (kWh).

This is the dial that will tell you how much power you’ve used in a given time period.

2. Read the Dial Numbers

Once you’ve located the kWh dial, take a look at the numbers. The number on the left is your starting point, and the number on the right is your ending point.

The difference between the two is your energy consumption.

3. Convert to Dollars

To figure out how much money you’re spending on your energy use, you’ll need to convert the meter readings to dollars. This can be done by multiplying the kWh number by your electricity rate.

Why Check Your Power Meter?

Electricity meters are an essential tool to help you understand how much power you are using. By checking your power meter, you can make sure that:

  • You are not overloading your electrical system.
  • You are using your appliances and lights efficiently.
  • Utility companies are charging you correctly.

When to Check the Power Meter

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your power meter very often. But did you know that checking your power meter regularly can help you avoid costly repairs and replacements?

Here’s a quick guide on when to check your power meter.

Monthly billing cycle: Check the power meter at least once every billing cycle to make sure it’s still working properly.

After a power outage: Check the power meter immediately after a power outage to make sure there’s no damage.

After a storm: Check the power meter after a storm to make sure there’s no damage.

If you notice anything unusual: If you notice anything unusual with your power meter, such as a sudden increase in usage, be sure to check it right away.

By following these tips, you can help keep your power meter in good working condition and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

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Tools and Tips for Reading a Power Meter

As an energy auditor, part of my job is to help my clients understand their utility bills. A big part of that is being able to read their power meter.

Here are some tips and tools that can help you read power meters.

1. Know What Type of Power Meter You Have

The most common type is the digital power meter, but the good old analog meter is still installed in many houses.

2. Know How to Read Your Power Meter

For a smart meter, you will want to look for the kWh reading. For an analog meter, you will want to look for the dial that is labeled “kWh”.

3. Use a Power Meter Reading Tool

There are many different power meter reading tools available. I prefer to use the Kill A Watt power meter reading tool.

4. Compare Your Power Meter Reading to Your Utility Bill

If you are not sure how to compare your electricity consumption, you can contact your utility company for help.

5. Keep Track of Your Power Meter Readings

I like to keep a log of my electricity usage so that I can track my energy usage over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the numbers on my power meter mean?

The numbers on your power meter indicate the amount of power, in watts, that you are consuming.

How do you read kWh on an electric meter?

To read a kWh meter, you will need to find the dial or digital display that indicates how much power has been used. This will be different for different types of meters, but usually, there will be a number that indicates how many kilowatts have been used.

How do you read a smart meter?

To read a smart power meter, you will need to use a digital display or an online account through your utility company.

What button do I press to read my electric meter?

There is no one answer to this question as different electric meters have different buttons that need to be pressed in order to read them.

However, most electric meters will have a clear display that will show you exactly what button needs to be pressed in order to read the meter.

If your electric meter does not have a clear display, you can usually find the information in the manual that came with the meter.


We hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to read power meters. As always, if you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

And remember, monitoring your energy usage is a great way to save money and be more environmentally friendly. So get out there and start reading those meters!

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