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How to read the meter

The dials on the gas meter register the amount of gas used in units of 100 cubic feet. Reading a meter is similar to reading a clock. Here's what to do:

  1. Face the meter and read the dials from left to right. Read the numbers as indicated by the hands on the dials.
  2. If a hand is between two numbers, you will use the smaller number. The exception to this is when the hand is between 0 and 9, as is shown below on dial A. In that case, you would use the number 9.
  3. In the illustration below, dial A reads 9, dial B reads 0, dial C reads 8, and dial D reads 5. Therefore, the correct reading for this meter is 9085. However, some meters do not have dials. Instead, the meter will look like a mileage indicator on an automobile. In those cases, a meter reading would be a numeric readout, as shown below.