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Your meter is an instrument that records the amount of energy
that enters your home. The meter measures the gas or electricity flowing through
it and then records this flow of gas or electricity in the numbers on its dials
or digital screen.
If you want to verify a meter reading, or if your NIPSCO bill
seems higher than expected, there’s an easy way to check how much energy
you’ve used by reading your meter.
Here is the general rule to follow for dial-type meters: When
a pointer is between numbers, always read the smaller number. For example,
the pointer on the left seems to have reached 4. To be sure, check the dial
to the right. If the pointer here is zero or beyond, then the pointer of the
previous dial is indeed registering the number in question. In this case, 4
is the correct reading for the left dial and 1 is the right dial reading. The
only exception to the rule is when the pointer is between “9” and
“0”. In that case, you’d read “9” since the “0”
represents “10”. If the pointer is between “0” and “1”
, though, you’d read “0” since the pointer is starting a new
Here are some other helpful meter-reading tips:
Notice that the pointer of each dial moves in the direction
shown by the arrow on the dial.
A complete cycle of each dial causes the pointer of the next
dial to the left to advance from one number to the next. It is similar to your
Many meters have extra dials, sometimes labeled "test
dials". These dials are not used to record your meter reading. Read only
the dials that register 1,000 or more cubic feet of gas.
Record the readings on the dials of your meter carefully in
the same order that the dials appear on your meter.
If you have a remote meter index, reading your meter is easy
because the actual reading appears on the face of the index.
Remember, when the pointer is between two numbers, read the