An Economy 7 meter (sometimes known as a two-rate meter) charges you two energy rates – one during the day, and another at night. You’ll be charged less when you use off-peak electricity at night.

Your two-rate meter will either have:

  • two rows of numbers – a top row (labelled ‘low’, ‘night’ or ‘rate 1’) and a bottom row (labelled ‘normal’, ‘day’ or ‘rate 2’).
  • a single digital display – this will show ‘rate 1’ and ‘rate 2’, one after the other, either on a cycle, or when you press the display test button.

 

To read a meter with two rows of numbers:

  • Write down the numbers in both rows from left to right, including any zeros at the beginning.
  • Ignore any numbers shown in red.

 

To read a meter with a single digital display:

  • Press the display test button, if there is one.
  • Read rate 1 (this is the low, or night, rate). Write down the numbers from left to right, including any zeros at the beginning.
  • Press the display test button again, or wait until your meter shows rate 2 (this is the normal or day rate). Write down the numbers from left to right, including any zeros at the beginning.

 

Send us your meter reading 

The boxes will be labelled normal/day and low/night, so you’ll know exactly where to submit each reading.

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