How to read your gas meter

Sending us a regular meter reading – ideally every three months – will help to make your bills as accurate as possible.

It's simple. Just work out which type of meter you have, follow the tips on how to take a reading (below) and send it to us.

Which type of meter do I have?

  • How to read an imperial gas meter
  • How to read an metric gas meter
  • How to read a dial gas meter

(See also: How to read an electricity meter)

How to read an imperial gas meter

The reading on an imperial meter will have ft3 at the end and looks like this:

gas-imperial-dial

This meter reading says: 1234.20

You need to read the first four numbers from left to right, including any zeros at the beginning. Then read the red number(s) in red and any numbers following the red number(s). Add these numbers after the decimal point. Any numbers in red or surrounded by a red box are decimals.

How to read a metric gas meter

The reading on a metric meter will have m3 at the end and looks like this:

gas-metric-dial

This meter reading says: 032764.00

Read the numbers from left to right, including any zeros at the beginning. Please include all numbers after a decimal point or space.

How to read a dial gas meter

The dials will look like this diagram, which shows a large dial and five small dials. Just look at the position of the pointers on the dials.

 

gas-meter-dial

This meter reading says: 9476

Do not read the large dial or any red dials. Enter all four numbers of the reading in front of the decimal point.

When the pointer is between two numbers, write down the lower number. This might not be the number nearest to the pointer.

If the number is between 9 and 0, use 9. If the pointer is exactly on a number, write it down and underline it.

If any of the underlined numbers you've written down are followed by a 9, take one away from the number you’ve underlined.