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Dial meters resemble small clocks with 5 dials numbered in opposite directions. Each dial represents 1 number in the meter reading. A disk spins as energy is used. The faster it spins, the more energy’s being used.
 

how to read your meter

Read your dial meter from right to left. If a hand is between 2 numbers, use the lower number. If a hand is directly on a number, view the dial to its right. And if the hand hasn’t moved past 0, write the number 1 lower than the number at which the dial’s pointing.

 

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0 - Dial 1 is 0
2 - Dial 2 is 0/10 past 2
8 - Dial 3 is 2/10 past 8
8 - Dial 4 is 8/10 past 8
9 - Dial 5 is 8/10 past 9​

 

 

 

explaining the read 
Dial 1:   The hand points at 0. Read the first number as 0.

Dial 2:   The next dial must be 0/10 past a number, because the dial to its right is 0. It’s hard to tell if the second dial has reached 2. Consult the last dial to decide if you should read this dial as 1 or 2. Because the last dial was 0, read this dial as 2.

Dial 3:   The 3rd dial is between 8 and 9. The dial to its right is 2 so it must be 2/10 past a number. Read the third dial as 8.

Dial 4:   The 4th dial is between 8 and 9, but closer to 9. The dial to its right reads 8 so this dial is 8/10 past 8.

Dial 5:   The last dial appears to point at 0, but the dial to its right hasn’t passed 0 so read this dial as 9.
 
practice reading your meter​
 
Practice is the only way to learn how to read your dial meter, but it also helps to think of it as a clock. When a clock reads 1:59, the hour hand appears to point at 2, but because the minute hand hasn’t passed 12, we read the hour is 1:00.

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