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Meter reading guide: how to read your gas or electricity meter

Choose your meter from the list below. If you’re not sure, most people have a Standard (24 Hour) or Day/Night meter so that’s a good place to start.

Standard (24 hour) Meter

Standard meters are the most common, and have one row of numbers.

To read your meter:

Standard (24 hour) electricity meter

  1. Read the numbers from left to right, including any zeros
  2. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or in red. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

        E.g., The reading for this meter would be 05812.

Day/Night Meter

Day/Night Meters have two rows of numbers to separately record the electricity you use during both day and night. These rows may be labelled as Day and Night, or 1/I (Night) and 2/II (Day).

To read your meter:

day night electric meter

  1. For each row, read the numbers from left to right, including any zeros
  2. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or in red. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

        E.g., The day reading for this meter is 12763, and the
        night reading is 07759.

Wattless Meter

Wattless Meters may look like Standard (24 Hour) or Day/Night meters, but they have kVArh instead of kWh as the units.

To read your meter:

Standard (24 hour) electricity meter

  1. Read the numbers from left to right, including any zeros
  2. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point or in red. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

        E.g., The reading for this meter would be 05812.

Digital Meter

Digital Meters have an electronic display which changes every 9 seconds. You may also have a 'Scroll' button which allows you to manually change the screens.

The way you read your Digital Meter depends on whether you pay a single (24 hour) rate or different rates for day and night. This can be found on your previous bill under 'Usage Details' and 'Description'.

To read your meter (Single or 24 hour rate):

    1. Scroll or wait until your digital meter shows the following screen:

      standard or 24hr digital electric meter

E.g. The reading for this meter would be 0005812

  1. Write down the numbers from right to left, including any zeros
  2. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

 

To read your meter (Day/Night rates):

    1. For your Day Reading, scroll or wait until your meter shows the following screen:

      electric digital meter - day

E.g. The day reading would be 0012763

    1. For your Night Reading, scroll or wait until your meter shows the following screen:

      electric digital meter - night

E.g. The night reading would be 0007759

  1. Write down both numbers for Day and Night from left to right, including any zeros
  2. Ignore any numbers after the decimal point. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

 

How to submit your electricity meter reading

  • Online: Login to My SSE Airtricity
  • Phone: Call ESB Networks on 1850 337 777 with your MRPN number

Can’t see your meter?

Contact us if your meter doesn’t match any of the ones above.

Meter box locked?

If you can’t access your meter, you can request a meter key online by sending us your email address and SSE Airtricity account number. Once we receive your details we'll send you a free meter key within 7 days.

Choose your meter type from the list below. Most people have a standard meter so that's a good place to start.

Standard/Digital Meter

Standard or digital meters all have one row of numbers. Your meter may have 3, 4 or 5 digits, but you can read all of them in the same way.

To read your meter:

standard gas meter

1. Write down the numbers from left to right, including any zeros

2. Ignore any numbers after the comma or decimal point. If your meter does not have a decimal point, read all numbers, including any zeros.

     Eg. The readings for these meters are 5812 and 15812.



Dial (Clock) Meter

If you have a dial/clock meter it will have six dials. To take your meter reading, you’ll need to read the four dials on the bottom row.

standard gas meter

To read your Dial (Clock) Meter:

1. Read the dials from left to right

2. If the dial is between two numbers, always round down to the lowest number. If the dial is between 9 and 0, round down to 9.

Eg. The reading for this meter is 2343.



 

How to submit your gas meter reading

  • Online: Login to My SSE Airtricity
  • Phone: Call Bord Gáis on 1850 427 732 with your GPRN number

Can’t see your meter?

Contact us if your meter doesn’t match any of the ones above.

Meter box locked?

If your meter box is locked, you can request a meter key online and we'll send out a free meter key within 7 days. You will need your email address and SSE Airtricity account number.

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