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Electric Meter

Energy use is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). A kilowatt hour is equal to using 1,000 watts of electricity in one hour (or burning a 100-watt bulb for 10 hours). Most meters are read via secure radio frequency by driving or walking near them.

How to read your electric meter:

Numbers are read from left to right. To find out the number of kilowatt hours used, take two readings; then subtract the earlier from the more recent.

Meters will alternately flash all 8s and then the cumulative kWh reading. When a meter reaches 99999, it starts over again at 00000.


Natural Gas Meter

Your meter measures natural gas used in cubic feet. One cubic foot contains approximately 1,000 BTUs of heat--the equivalent of burning 1,000 kitchen matches.

How to read your natural gas meter:

Meters have four or five dials; some with clockwise numbering, others are counter-clockwise. Record the smaller number if the pointer is between two numbers, except between nine and zero. In this case, zero is considered 10, so nine would be correct. If the pointer is on a number, look at the dial to the right. If that pointer has not passed zero, record the smaller number. The example above reads 5429. To find out cubic feet used, take two readings, then subtract the earlier from the more recent.



Solar Meters

Two meters are used for the typical solar installation:

  1. The Main Meter
    (bi-directional readings)
  2. The Generation Meter
    (one-way reading)

How to read your main meter:

This measures the power SCE&G delivers to you, as well as any excess solar power you send back to SCE&G.

What does the arrow on the display mean?

If pointed right, you are receiving power from SCE&G

If pointed left, you are sending excess power to SCE&G

What do the flashing numbers represent?

The following codes display next to each reading:

  • C2-Code Defining Meter Configuration
  • 01-Current Date
  • 02-Current Time
  • 03-kWh Delivered from SCE&G
  • 04-kWh Received from You

How can I identify the main meter?

You meter number is listed under "Current Charges" on your bill.

How to read your generation meter:

This measures the total generation produced by your solar system.

What do the flashing numbers represent?

As the meter scrolls, identify the program code that appears when "C2" is displayed (either 94 or 97).

For generation meters with program code 94, registers are used as follows:

  • C2-94
  • 01-Current Date
  • 02-Current Time
  • 03-Not Used
  • 04-kWh Generated

For generation meters with program 97, registers are used as follows:

  • C2-97
  • 01-Current Date
  • 02-Current Time
  • 03-kWh Generated

How can I identify the generation meter?

You meter number is listed under "Customer Generation" on your bill.