How to Read a PECO Energy Meter


If you are a Philadelphia area utility customer receiving your electricity and gas from PECO, you have a meter installed by the company at your location. This meter allows PECO to track energy use and determine a monthly bill. Understanding how to properly read this energy meter allows you to monitor your energy consumption and to ensure that no errors have been made on your monthly bill.

Things You'll Need

  • Last energy bill
  • Determine if your meter is a electric meter or a gas meter. Electric meters will have five dials in a horizontal row. Gas meters will have six dials, two on top and four on bottom. You can ignore the two dials on the top row of the gas meter, used for testing.

  • Read all of the dials from left to right. Each individual dial represents one digit in the total number.

  • Use the lower number if the dial is between two numbers. When the hand is directly on a number, use that number. The total number reads from left to right. Electric meters will result in five digit numbers, while gas meters will result in four digit numbers.

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