Reading Your Gas Meter

How to Read Your Meter:

Your gas meter counts the filling and emptying of compartments inside the meter to accurately and automatically keep track of how much gas flows through it. Because each compartment is emptied as another is filled, the flow of gas to your appliances is smooth and uninterrupted; because each compartment fills with the same amount of gas each time, the measure is very accurate.

When you read your meter, you will be better able to track your use of gas and better equipped to conserve energy. Check your utility bill to see what your billing period is, and then you can read your meter on the same schedule.

The part of a meter that shows the amount of gas used is called an index. In our system, there are two basic types of indexes.

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If your meter has round dials and the pointer is between two numbers, always record the lower number. (The exception is if the pointer is between nine and zero — you then read nine, because the zero then represents the completion of a cycle.) When the pointer is directly on a number, check the dial to the right. If the dial to the right has not passed zero, record the lower number for the dial on the left. To obtain a reading, read the dials left to right, recording the numbers in the same order, left to right.

The correct reading for this meter is 2017. This means that 2017 hundred cubic feet (MCF) of gas has passed through the meter since all dials were on zero. Another way to write this amount is 201,700 cubic feet.

The other type of meter index you could see is called a direct read.  This type index works much like an odometer on your car. To take a reading, all you have to do is read the number. Each of the numbers would correlate to one of the dials shown.

The set marked “half foot” and “two feet” are not used in the meter reading. These dials are only used for test purposes.

To determine how much gas has been used since the previous reading, simply subtract last month’s reading from the current reading. You will be better able to track your gas use and more aware of conserving energy. Please look on your utility bill to see what your billing period is so that you can read your meter on the same schedule.