Your SCE&G gas meter measures the amount of natural gas in cubic feet you use each month. Though they vary in size and shape, all gas meters record usage by tracking the filling and emptying of the compartments inside the meter. If you’d like to track your usage over time, you can record your own readings using our meter reading tracking table (PDF, 165KB).
Reading Your Gas Meter
Gas meters are easy to read. The dials that record the amount of gas used are grouped together in a row of three, four or five. Each represents a single number in the reading. Here's how to read the meter dials on the meter at your home:
- Read the meter dials right to left, writing down the numbers in the same order (right to left).
- If the hand points between two numbers, use the lower number. When it points between 9 and 0, always read it as 9.
- When the hand seems to be directly on a number, look at the dial to the right. If the hand on that dial is on or just past 0, write down the number the hand is pointing toward on the dial you are reading. If the hand on the dial to the right has not reached 0, write down the smaller number on the dial you are reading.
Reading a Sample Meter
- Dial A - The hand is in between the 9 and the 0, when the hand is in between two numbers, use the lower number. Dial A's number is 9. (this dial goes clockwise.)
- Dial B - The hand is between the 2 and the 3, so this dial should be read as 2. (this dial goes counterclockwise.)
- Dial C - The hand is between the 4 and the 5, so this dial should be read as 4. (this dial goes clockwise.)
- Dial D - The hand is between the 5 and the 6, so this dial should be read as 5. (this dial goes counterclockwise.)
The correct reading for the sample meter is 5429. This means 5429 hundred cubic feet (CCF) of gas or 542,900 cubic feet.
Automated Meter Reading (AMR)Is Your Gas Meter Accessible?
Automated meter reading (AMR) technology gives meter readers the capability to read every meter in an entire neighborhood simply by driving through the area. AMR uses a laptop computer in the service truck to receive data via secure radio frequencies. As the meter reader drives down a street, the computer signals a module on each meter to transmit the current reading. This data is stored and later used to calculate your bill.
To provide the best service, make sure we can reach and read your meter(s).
- Keep shrubs trimmed; don't block the meter(s).
- Secure your animals around the read date indicated on your bill.
- Unlock gates that allow meter access.
- Never tamper with the meter or paint over the read dials.
- Do not chain or electronically ground anything to the meter.
All SCE&G meter readers can easily be recognized by the SCE&G patch on their blue uniforms and identification cards they carry. However, don't hesitate to call SCE&G to confirm an employee’s identification.