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How to Read My Meter

Electric and gas meters use either digital displays or dials. Some locations are equipped with standard analog meters, which have a series of dials showing usage. Other locations are equipped with smart meters, which cycle through up to six easy-to-read digital displays, instead of dials.

Smart meters communicate your usage back to BGE, whereas analog meters need to be read and recorded. BGE meter readers use hand-held computers to read meters around the same date every month. Our meter readers wear BGE uniforms and carry ID to show you upon request. View our Meter Accessibility Policies (PDF).

Read an Analog Meter

Graphic representation of meter reading instructions 

​In this example, the meter reading is 73256.
1. ​Always begin with the dial on the far right.
​2. Record the lowest number the pointer has passed, even if the pointer has almost reached the next number.
3. ​Each dial as you move from right to left is in the opposite direction of the one before it. If the first dial rotates clockwise, the next will rotate counterclockwise, the third clockwise, etc.
If your meter has a digital readout, simply record this number.

Submit a Reading

  • Enter your reading using our online form.
  • Phone in your reading 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-685-0123.  Have your reading and your account number handy.

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