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Read all the dials from right to left, and write the numbers down from right to left. When the hand on any dial is between two numbers, read the smaller number.
If the pointer appears to be exactly on a number, you should record the next lowest number UNLESS the pointer on the dial to its right has passed zero. Dial 1 has nothing on its right, so if the dial 1 pointer is precisely on a number, record that number.
In the above diagram, the reading is 83895.
Subtract the previous month's reading from the current reading to find out how much electricity you used since your meter was last read.
Note: Many meters in homes or apartments have four dials rather than five. Read these meters the same way.
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