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How to Read Your Meter


Emera Maine’s electricity meter is physically located at your residence, and is connected to the electrical system inside your home. Electricity usage in your home causes a disc inside the meter to turn according to how much or how little electricity you are using. The turning disc enables the meter to record electricity usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh).

There is a visual display on the front of the every meter showing your current meter reading. Almost all meters today have a digital display showing the current meter reading as a five-digit number. A small number of older meters have a five-dial display that shows the current meter reading.
You can verify the meter reading at your home and monitor your electricity usage at any time by reading your own meter. Simply walk up to the meter and view the 5-digit meter reading. If you are using electricity at the time you are observing the meter, you may see the meter’s display numbers change.

If you read your meter every day at the same time, and subtract the current reading from the previous reading, you can calculate how much electricity you used in that day.

Your monthly bill will provide the meter readings used to calculate your electricity usage for the billing period. The previous month’s meter reading is subtracted from the current month’s meter reading to determine how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) were used at your home for that time period.
You can compare your own meter reading to the information provided on your monthly bill to verify the billing read. It should be the same or a higher number than the most recent meter reading on your bill.

You can also access daily and hourly usage information from the electric meter at your home through our website at My Account. To do so, you must create an online account, but you do not have to pay your bill electronically to view your detailed meter usage information.

The MPUC establishes a schedule of required meter tests and the accuracy standards that a meter must meet. If you want your meter tested for accuracy outside of the regularly scheduled testing cycle, we will do so at no extra cost to you. However, if you request a meter test more often than once every twelve months, you will be charged a fee.

If you have additional questions about how to read your meter, or you have questions about the accuracy of your meter, call Emera Maine’s Customer Contact Center.

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Emera Maine provides electric delivery service to two areas – the Bangor Hydro District and the Maine Public District.

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