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How to read your smart electricity meter

This advice applies to England

You might need to read your smart meter in some situations, for example if:

  • you’ve just switched supplier - you normally need to send the first meter reading yourself
  • you switch supplier and they say they can’t connect to your meter - this can happen if you’ve got an older smart meter
  • you want to check your meter reading - for example, to see how it’s changed recently

Call your supplier to give them the reading - or check if you can submit one on their website or app.

If you can’t get to your meter, your energy supplier might be able to give you extra help to read or move your meter. You can check if you can get extra help from your energy supplier.

Taking a reading from an in-home display

When you get a smart meter installed, you'll also normally get a small portable device with a screen on it. This is called an ‘in-home display’.

You might be able to take a reading from the in-home display. Select the 'meter reading' option from the menu on the screen.

If you can’t take a reading from your in-home display, take it from the smart meter.

Reading your smart electricity meter

The way you take a reading from a smart electricity meter depends on the type of meter you have.

If your meter has a keypad

Electricity smart meter with a keypad. The screen shows 0012565.3 KWH

This meter reading is 12565.

Start by checking if you pay:

  • a single rate at all times
  • 2 rates - one rate during the day and a cheaper rate at night

Most people pay a single rate at all times. If you have an ‘Economy 7’ meter, you pay 2 rates. If you’re not sure, check your bill to see if you pay 2 rates.

If you pay a single rate

To read the meter:

  1. press 9
  2. wait until you see the letters ‘IMP KWH’
  3. you’ll then see numbers followed by ‘KWH’ - this is your reading
  4. write down the numbers from left to right
  5. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If you pay 2 rates

To read the meter:

  1. press 6
  2. wait until you see ‘IMP R01’ followed by numbers - this is usually your night or ‘off-peak’ reading
  3. press 6 again until you see ‘IMP R02’ followed by numbers - this is usually your day or ‘peak’ reading
  4. write down the numbers from left to right
  5. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If your meter has A and B buttons under the screen

Electricity smart meter with A and B buttons under the screen. The screen shows TOTAL ACT IMPORT 0011256.3 KWH.

This meter reading is 11256.

To read the meter:

  1. press the A button
  2. press the A button again until you see ‘TOTAL ACT IMPORT’ and numbers followed by ‘KWH’
  3. write down the number from left to right
  4. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If your meter has a green A button to the right of the screen and a white B button below it

Electricity smart meter with a green A button to the right of the screen and a white B button below. The screen shows 0011256.3 KWH.

This meter reading is 11256.

Start by checking if you pay:

  • a single rate at all times
  • 2 rates - one rate during the day and a cheaper rate at night

Most people pay a single rate at all times. If you’re not sure, check your bill to see if you pay 2 rates.

If you pay a single rate

To read the meter:

  1. press the white B button - the screen will light up
  2. wait until the screen says ‘meter boost’ - press 'A' to select 'no' and you should see numbers followed by ‘KWH’
  3. write down the numbers from left to right
  4. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If you pay 2 rates

To read the meter:

  1. press the green A button
  2. press the green A button again until you see ‘Rate 01 Act Imp’ - this is usually your night or ‘off-peak’ reading
  3. press the green button again until you see ‘Rate 02 Act Imp’ - this is usually your day or ‘peak’ reading
  4. write down the numbers from left to right
  5. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If your meter has 3 buttons to the right of the screen

Electricity smart meter with 3 buttons to the right of the screen. The screen shows IMP. 0011256.3 KWH.

This meter reading is 11256.

Start by checking if you pay:

  • a single rate at all times
  • 2 rates - one rate during the day and a cheaper rate at night

Most people pay a single rate at all times. If you’re not sure, check your bill to see if you pay 2 rates.

If you pay a single rate

To read the meter:

  1. press the middle button
  2. write down the number below ‘IMP’ from left to right
  3. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point

If you pay 2 rates 

To read the meter:

  1. press the middle button - it should say ‘R1’
  2. write down the number below ‘IMP’ from left to right - this is usually your night or ‘off-peak’ reading
  3. press the middle button again - it should say ‘R2’
  4. write down the number below ‘IMP’ from left to right - this is usually your day or ‘peak’ reading
  5. press the middle button again - it should say ‘T’
  6. write down the number below ‘IMP’ from left to right - this is your ‘total’ reading

Ignore any zeroes at the beginning of numbers and any numbers after the decimal point. You’ll only need the ‘total’ reading if your supplier asks for it.

If you have 1 orange button and 2 blue buttons

Electricity smart meter with 1 orange button and 2 blue buttons. The screen shows 1256 KWH.

This meter reading is 12565.

These meters have a row of numbers followed by KWH.

To read the meter:

  1. press the orange button to the left of the screen
  2. write down the numbers from left to right
  3. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point if there is one

If you have a meter with two white buttons to the right of the screen

Kaifa MA120 electricity smart meter with two white buttons to the right of the screen. The screen shows 0011256.3 KWH.

This meter reading is 11256.

Your meter should have ‘Kaifa MA 120’ printed on it. It will automatically change between four different screens, so you don’t need to press anything.

To read the meter:

  1. wait for the screen that shows numbers followed by KWH
  2. write down the numbers from left to right
  3. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point if there is one

If your meter has 2 buttons to the right of the screen and one says ‘reconnect’

Electricity smart meter with two buttons to the right of the screen and one says 'reconnect'. The screen shows TOTAL ACT IMPORT 0023541.2 KWH.

This meter reading is 23541.

Your meter will have one button which says ‘reconnect’ and another button which says ‘display’ or ‘display select’.

To read the meter:

  1. press the ‘display’ or ‘display select’ button
  2. press the ‘display’ or ‘display select’ button again until you see numbers followed by KWH
  3. write down the number from left to right
  4. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after a decimal point if you have one

If your meter has a green A button and grey B button to the right of the screen

Electricity smart meter with a green A button and grey B button to the right of the screen. The screen shows 00256 KWH.

This meter reading is 256.

To read the meter:

  1. look at the screen - you don’t need to press any buttons
  2. write down the number next to ‘KWH’ from left to right
  3. ignore any zeroes at the beginning and any numbers after the decimal point if there is one

If your meter isn’t on this page

Check your meter says 'KWH' after the reading. If it says 'M3' it's a gas meter.
If you're not sure if it's a smart meter, it might be a standard meter instead. Check how to read a standard electricity meter.

If you also need to read a smart gas meter

Find out how to read your smart gas meter.

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