Dial meters aren’t the easiest things to read. If you have one, you may want to consider upgrading to a new Smart Meter.

Most dial meters have a row of dials, with pointers going round from 0 to 9. They rotate clockwise and anticlockwise alternately.

First things first, you can ignore the red dial. You only need to read the five dials, starting from the one marked 10,000 down to the one marked '1'.

To read your meter:

  1. Read along the five dials from left to right, writing down the numbers from left to right.
  2. If the pointer on any of the dials is between two numbers, record the lower number.
  3. If the pointer is exactly on a number, record the next lowest number - unless the pointer on the dial to its right has passed zero.

For advice on how to submit your reading online, see our How to submit a reading article.