Have you ever wondered how to read a gas meter?
If not then this article can help you learn how to read them. Most of us have encountered the gas meter in one form or another when using our local service. We are used to seeing them on houses and other buildings to indicate the flow of fuel into the system when a certain section has run out of fuel.
Now that we are more informed on the various types of meters
there is a need to acquaint ourselves with the two types of readings commonly associated with them. The first type is the mechanical reading and is usually expressed on a scale that uses numbers like gallons for the liquid and pounds per minute for the solid fuel. To get an accurate reading of the meter you should place it between the register’s two dials. The reading from the mechanical type will be correct as long as you are using the proper procedures for reading. This means that the meter should be switched off before attempting to read it.
The other type of meter is the electrical reading
which is based on the use of current for the mechanical pump. Electrical readings can only be correct if you are supplying power to the meter. The majority of people do not understand why they need to set up a separate account just to check their gas usage. There are basically two reasons why you would want to do that. The first reason is so that you can keep an eye on the usage of your gas but most of us are more interested in the advantages of saving electricity rather than the exact number of miles that our cars are going before the charge runs out.
How to read a meter
is actually very easy once you become familiar with it. One of the main advantages of having a smart meter is that the utility supplier can automatically provide you with accurate readings. This means that they can now adjust their billing system so that you do not have to manually enter the readings yourself. You simply indicate the peak and average hourly rates and the utility supplier will calculate your usage based on those figures.
You will find that gas meters come in two types, digital and analog.
The first has a small screen that shows the reading on a scale in two separate displays. The second type does not but instead has a large display and a wheel that controls the readings that are shown. The advantage of the dials is that the gas meter can be read from either side and also rotated so that the third reading is on the topmost dial. The disadvantage is that when you switch the clockwise and counterclockwise the display might move a bit higher and it might be difficult to read in the case of an analog gas meter.
Reading a gas meter is not as difficult as it sounds.
It does require some knowledge about electricity, current usage, and natural gas, and even a little common sense. Before you get started, you should already have a good idea about what kind of gauge you need, whether you need a permanent one or a temporary one. If you do not know what the different markings on the dial mean then it can be helpful to refer to the manual that came with your natural gas meter. Using a gas and electric reading is much more complicated than using a natural gas reading so having a friend or relative help may be useful.