Jul 31, 2012 by Alagasco

How to read your meter

How to read your Alagasco natural gas meter Have you ever taken a look at your gas meter and wondered, “How in the world do they read that?”

Here is a quick lesson on how you can read your own meter. That way, you will know exactly how much natural gas your household is using.

Your gas meter shows the number of cubic feet of natural gas that passes through it.

Reading your gas meter is like reading a clock. Most meters have two sets of dials. The set marked “two feet” and “half foot” is there for test purposes and doesn’t affect your bill. The other set of three or four dials measures the gas you use.

Here are a few simple rules:

  • Read each dial in the direction shown by the arrows.
  • If the dial hand is between the numbers, use the lower one (if between 9 and 0, read 9).
  • If the dial hand is exactly on a number, look at the dial to the immediate right. If its dial hand is not past zero, record the lower number for the dial in question.
  • While the number of dials on your meter may vary, the procedure for reading them is the same.

Here are some examples:


If the hand on the right has passed 0, write down the number the hand on the left is pointing to. In this case, it is a 7.

If the hand on the right has not passed 0, write down the next lowest number. In this case, it is a 6.

Now look at this tougher reading…



Once you have obtained your reading from your meter, you can subtract from it the reading from your last bill, and that number will be your usage measured in Ccf or “Hundreds of Cubic Feet.”


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