How to read your meter

Knowing how to read your meters can help you to keep track of your electricity consumption.

How to read your type of meter:

A dial electricity meter

Reading your dial meter

  • Stand directly in front of your meter so you can tell the exact position of the pointer of each dial.
  • Read the dial on the left first. (Ignore the dial underneath.)
  • Look at the two numbers the pointer is between and record the lowest number. (If the pointer is between 9 and 0, record 9.)
  • Do the same with each meter, reading left to right.

A digital electricity meter

Reading your digital meter

The digital meter is simple to read. You just have to read the number that appears on the display as below for each electricity tariff that is attached to that meter.

For the most common digital or dual rate meters, the display will automatically cycle through the registers. This includes the following information:

  • 10 - Element 1 (Tariff 22 or 31 — light and power)
  • 20 - Element 2 (Tariff 41, 42, 61 or 62 if applicable — HydroHeat, hot water and/or OffPeak)

To ensure you know which tariff each element referes to, please check the back of your bill, which details your tariffs.

A solar electricity meter

Reading your solar meter

For the most common digital or dual rate meters, the display will automatically cycle through the registers. This includes the following information:

  • 01 – Date
  • 02 – Time
  • 03 – Import to grid – Electricity you have generated back into the grid
  • 04 – Export from grid – Electricity you have bought to run light and power (Tariff 1)
  • 05 – Export from grid – Electricity you have bought to run hot water or OffPeak (Tariff 2)
  • 90 – Relay 1 status
  • 91 – Relay 2 status (if applicable)

'Import to grid' records the power flowing from the solar inverter into the grid, which occurs when there is minimal electrical consumption in the house and the solar array is producing more power than the house is using. For example, if your house is consuming 50 watts on Tariff 31 and the solar array contributes 200 watts, this register records 150 watts of power flowing from the solar inverter to the grid.

'Export from grid' register records the power flowing from the grid into the house, which occurs when there is greater electrical consumption in the house than the solar inverter is producing. For example, if your house is consuming 1000 watts on Tariff 31 and the solar array contributes only 200 watts, this register records 800 watts of power flowing from the grid to the house.

Please note scrolling between these registers does not show all the energy produced by the co-generation unit, only the power that is flowing to and from the grid.

An odometer electricity meter

Reading your odometer meter

Another kind of analogue electricity meter reads like an odometer in your car. Numbers are read from left to right.

The meter has five white digits that show the kilowatt hours of electricity that have been used.

Predicting your next bill

Predicting your next bill is available through Aurora Online. If you're not yet registered for Aurora Online, you can register now.

Once you have mastered reading your own meters, it is easy to predict your current electricity charges. Simply:

  • Identify your meters. Know which meter is your general light and power and which one is your hot water (or hot water/heating discount) or OffPeak (if you have it). Make a note of the meter number if you wish (you will find this on your latest bill).
  • Read each meter and write down the number.
  • Log in to Aurora Online and go to the self meter reading section. Once there you can simply fill in the numbers in the appropriate sections and the calculator will automatically work out what your bill would be.