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View Poll Results: What is the correct reading on this meter?
19597 3 6.52%
18487 1 2.17%
08586 4 8.70%
08486 35 76.09%
09497 0 0%
None of these - post your answer in a reply 3 6.52%
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:25 PM   #16
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I can read mine...its digital
! Scuba Dave. Yours is the best answer! Mine is second best. I voted with the majority (75%)!
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:37 PM   #17
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I voted "none of the above",, I watched that meter for the last hour,, its not moving, it can't be "reading" anything.
Your electricity consumption must be near Zero! How many RPSs (or RPMs) did your dial make while you were watching it. (or the numbers move) It's like watching vegetables grow. Or a pot boil! There's an old wives' tale that "If you Watch a Pot It Never Boils". (Figure this one out. What does it seem to be saying???!!!)
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08586 is gonna be my fearless forecast
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:30 AM   #19
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I said 08487 because it is 3/4 between 6&7 so I rounded up.

How about 08486.75 ?

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You would be billed a 8486.
Yea, the rule as I understand it is that the reading is always defined as the last number a dial is PAST (i.e. you ALWAYS round down).

That not only defines how the power company bills you, it also helps to remember how to read those digits that are ALMOST to a given number.

As an example, the 1st digit must be rounded DOWN from almost 1 to 0 until the 2nd digit gets to zero.
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HooKooDooKu; Poster #19; Yes. that rule has to be followed! Must! Absolutely! Because if it is not (followed), the customers will be overcharged. Way overcharged. On a five-Digit meter, if the First (from Left) digit is misread, the error runs in 10,000 KWH. Second, in 1,000; BTW. The charges are based on the difference in readings, month to month! they the POCOs also have a back up that's called Pattern of Usage. That works in favor of both, the utility and the customer. If the meter is misread, they will be aware of it and adjust the bill. (Speaking of personal experience).!
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Yea, the rule as I understand it is that the reading is always defined as the last number a dial is PAST (i.e. you ALWAYS round down).

That not only defines how the power company bills you, it also helps to remember how to read those digits that are ALMOST to a given number.

As an example, the 1st digit must be rounded DOWN from almost 1 to 0 until the 2nd digit gets to zero.
True. Although this does not necessarily have to apply to the LAST number, but it does.
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I have a silly question though. WHY would this matter at all to the average person?
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I have a silly question though. WHY would this matter at all to the average person?
so they can verify the meter reading the POCO records. While generally not a big issue and it will usually get cured through the next months correct reading, when a customer gets a huge bill, I have had times where I had called the POCO and read the meter to them so they would understand there was a reading error. They then either sent out a reader to take another reading and subsequently a corrected bill or they temporarily suspended the amount charged over the average bill.

In these times of high unemployment, being able to read a meter can be the difference between keeping the power on or getting it disconnected.

If a person cannot read the meter and be able to catch a reading error by the POCO, they have a harder time arguing there is something wrong with the billing.
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I have a silly question though. WHY would this matter at all to the average person?
My last house they used to estimate the reading
And overcharge me...more then I would use in 6 months one time
The prior owners had electric heat, electric stove
I had a gas stove put in & heated with wood
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I guess I never thought about it.

I am TOO trusting.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #26
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It's easy to read your meter!

When reading your electric meter, keep these hints in mind:
  • Stand directly in front of the meter so that you can clearly see the location of each pointer.
  • Read the numbers from RIGHT to LEFT, and write them down in the same order.
  • If the pointer is between two numbers, read the number the pointer has just passed, always the lowest number.
  • If the pointer is between 9 and 0, always read 9.
  • If the pointer appears to be exactly on a number, read the next lowest number unless the pointer to its right has passed zero. Since the first dial has no dial to its right, the number must be read independently.
  • If your meter has digital numbers, use those as your reading.
  • Each meter is numbered #-* make note of your meter number.
  • I copied this off my electric company's web site
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The last number is NOT rounded down. Since the one before it is not yet past 0 (it's only at 8.5) the last pointer is not yet to 1. It is just very close to 1. The same thing applies to the middle dial. It is not to 5. It is only very close to 5, but still at 4.
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The last number is NOT rounded down. Since the one before it is not yet past 0 (it's only at 8.5) the last pointer is not yet to 1. It is just very close to 1. The same thing applies to the middle dial. It is not to 5. It is only very close to 5, but still at 4.
Huh?

first, since the last dial is between 6 and 7 (somewhere around 6.625 to my eyes), yes, by stating it is 6, you are rounding the number down. I think that was about 2nd or 3rd grade arithmetic.

and to how to determine what any given dial indicates is clarified by the dial to it's immediate right and only the one to it's immediate right. If you will read my first post with the comparison to a reading a clock, it should be easy to understand.
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one of the co-ops here had us reading our own meter and sending in a post card for billing
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Choptank Electric Coop in Maryland has had their members reading their own meters for over 30 years. But they utilize cyclometer type displays on the meters, making it as easy to read as your odometer:



It's not so easy with the old style analog pointer-type meters, with the opposing directional dials on them. This is why I started this thread to begin with. Educational purposes.
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