How To Read Your Gas Meter

24th January 2013 written by Richard Hearne in the category Gas Articles

The cold weather is showing no signs of shifting, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for gas prices as more rises are predicted to come into effect during 2013. It’s a tough time of year for the finances as it is, so it’s worth doing everything you can to keep things under control.

If you can submit regular gas meter readings to your supplier it will lead to more accurate bills, allowing you to keep track of your spending and giving you peace of mind that you’re not being overcharged.

The numbers and dials on your gas meter may look a little daunting at first, but taking a reading is easy when you know how. Here’s a quick guide on how to read the three main types of meter:

Metric Digits

A metric gas meter will have five numbers, followed by a decimal point and then two or three more numbers. The later numbers might also be red, or separated in a box. To record a reading, write down just the first five numbers as you see them, and ignore the later numbers.

Imperial Digits

Imperial meters have four numbers before the decimal point or red colouring. As above, you only need to write down the four main numbers and can disregard the others.


A dial meter is made up of a collection of dials showing different figures. Don’t panic! You can ignore the large central dial, and any that say ‘100 per rev’ or are red. The remaining dials should be read one at a time, from left to right. On each dial, look to see which number the pointer passed last and always round down, so if it’s between 2 and 3 then you should write down 2.
Bear in mind that adjacent dials rotate in opposite directions. If in doubt you can just follow the pattern of the numbers.

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