How do you read an electricity meter?
The electricity meter provides us with information about our electricity consumption at different times, so we know how consumption varies in certain periods of time. It helps you adjust your consumption and enables our company to invoice you in accordance with your consumption.
How to read the electricity meter.
Nowadays, electricity meters are digital, so the reading procedure has been significantly simplified. In fact, it is no longer necessary for a technician from the distribution company to visit the property and take a manual reading, since readings are now taken remotely.
Another advantage of digital over analogue electricity meters is that they can measure consumption in different time bands, whilst analogue meters were not able to do that. This feature is very useful for those who have contracted tariffs with discrimination by time bands.
There is also less margin for error in digital electricity meters compared to analogue meters, they can be disconnected from the property's network, enable alarms to be scheduled and complex parameters such as averages, maximums, etc. to be visualised.
All these advantages help to achieve efficient energy consumption.
However, it should be emphasised that any manipulation of the digital meter (hacking it with specialised software) or bypassing it, is punishable by law with monetary fines depending on how much is defrauded and the supply may be cut off.
If you have a digital electricity meter and a tariff with a stable price per kWh, below you will find details of how to read the meter yourself: First press the button to read the device (it is usually located on the front or on the side), select code 1.18.1 and the electricity consumed will be displayed (it will be expressed in kWh).
The company responsible for making the reading is your distribution company. This should send the data from the reading to your retailing company, which is responsible for invoicing you for consumption.