How To Read My Meter
Determine my electricity meter type
To determine your FPL meter type, first look at the meter.
Mechanical meters have dials across the front.
Smart meters and digital meters both have digital displays - but smart meters can be identified by a blue sticker on the face of the meter.
- If the smart or digital meter has one readout, it is a non-demand meter
- If it has a segment check, a kWh reading and a kW demand reading, it is a demand meter
- If it has several - about six - readouts, it is probably a time-of-use meter
Reading a mechanical meter
- Locate the dials on the front of the meter. Most meters have five dials, although some have just four.
- Read the dials from right to left to get your total correct reading:
- If the dial pointer is between two numbers, write down the lower of the two numbers.
- If the dial pointer appears to be exactly on the number, look back at the dial to the right. If the pointer on that dial has not passed zero, the reading on the dial to the left is the lower number. The reading above is: 25987.
- To calculate your monthly electrical use, read the meter at the beginning of the month and again exactly one month later. The amount of electricity (or kilowatt-hours) used is the difference between the two readings.
Reading a non-demand digital or smart meter
- Locate the digital display on the front of the meter.
- Read the number of the digital display from left to right.
- To calculate your monthly electrical use, subtract the number on the front of your last bill to determine the amount of kilowatt-hours since your last meter reading. You can also find your current reading when you access your account information on our website, as well as view the projected amount for next month's bill
Reading a demand meter
There are many kinds of demand meters, but they have in common the capacity to provide two readouts - the amount of electricity consumed (kilowatt-hours or kWh) and the demand placed on the electrical system (kilowatts or kW). Most demand meters also have a meter constant (multiplier), a fixed value that is used to convert meter readings to actual energy use. The measurement made by the meter represents only a fraction of the actual energy used. That fraction is multiplied by the meter constant value to get the actual energy use.
- There are many different demand meters. If you need more information on reading your specific meter, call your account manager or our Business Customer Care Center, 1-800-375-2434.
- To understand more about demand and demand charges, click here >>
Reading a time-of-use (TOU) meter
Customers who are on annual or seasonal TOU rates have special electric meters. TOU rates can allow you to lower your electric bills without reducing power consumption as long as you are able to shift electricity use to off-peak times. With TOU rates, you pay a lower rate for off-peak use and a higher rate for peak period use.
- You can recognize a TOU meter because it has several - about six - readouts on the display, but reading this meter is complex. For help, call your account manager or our Business Customer Care Center, 1-800-375-2434.