How to Read your Meter

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MeterYour electric bill is figured by using the number of kilowatt hours used during the reading period. Subtract the reading of last month’s bill from this month’s new reading to determine the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) used.

Reading your meter on a regular basis and keeping a record of activities that affect your usage is the first step on your way to conserving energy and controlling your utility bill.

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Your Digital Meter

Digital meterYour electric bill is calculated by using the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) consumed during the reading period. Subtract the reading of last month’s kWh’s used as appeared on the bill from this month’s new reading to determine the number of kilowatt hours used during the service period. The difference between the two is what helps to determine the amount of your bill each month.

A kilowatt read -- also known as a demand read -- is billed just as it appears. This occurs because the meter reader resets the demand read every month after the meter has been read.

Reading your meter on a regular basis and keeping a record of activities that affect your usage is the first step to conserving energy and controlling your utility bill.

Recommendation from WAPA: Locate your meter in an accessible location. Bring a notebook and pen with you so you can write down the reading. Note time and date that you took your reading of the electric meter. Repeat the reading of your electric meter at a later date. Note the date and time. Subtract the first reading from the second reading and you will arrive at the number of kilowatt hours used during that time frame. Consult your monthly billing statement for the approximate date that your meter will be read each month.