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How to read my Electric and Gas Meter

How to read my Electric and Gas Meter

It's a good idea to know your gas and electricity meter readings. You can keep an eye on the energy you're using and make sure your bills are accurate. Our meter reading guide shows how to read different types of gas and electric meters, and how to submit them to your energy supplier.

If you have read this guide and are still unsure as to how you read your meter, please contact your supplier and asked them to go through this over the phone with you.

Please note that smart meters are currently being installed across the UK as part of the UK wide government roll-out, so if you have a smart meter you may no longer have to manually submit readings again as your supplier will automatically receive these readings.

Electric Meter Reading



Digital Meters:

If your meter looks like the image below, read the meter display from left to right, and ignore ant numbers in red which usually spear after a decimal point or space.



Please note that if you have an Economy 7 or a Domestic Economy Meter, you will have two rows of figures. The ‘Low’ row shows the reading for off-peak times and the ‘Normal’ row shows the reading for peak time.

Dial Meters:

Some older Electronic Meters have dials instead of a digital row of numbers (please see below):




When reading a dial meter, you will need to read from left to right and ignore the dial that is marked 1/10. If the hand on the dial is between 2 numbers, please take note of the lower number, however if the dial hand is between 0 and 9, you must always note down the number as 9. Please note that this is only the case when the 9 is where 1 o’clock would be on a clock, for example dial 2 and 4.

If the pointer is exactly on a number, but the reading on the dial after it is 9, take one away from that number. For example, dial 3 above is pointing exactly on 7, yet dial 4 is pointing to 9, therefore dial 3 would actually be read as 6 and not 7. Looking at the example above, the dial would be read as 94694.


Gas Meter Reading



Digital Meters:

If your digital screen looks like the one below, read the first 4 numbers from left to right.



In your reading, do not include any numbers in red, or any numbers after the first red number. This same rule applies if your gas meter is metric, however in this case you will need to read the first 5 numbers.


Dial Gas Meters:



Some older Gas Meters use dials instead of a digital screen. A Gas Meter dial will be similar to the below image:



 

When reading a dial gas meter, you must read the dials from left to right, but note that you will ignore the largest dial on the screen, along with the red dial.

If the hand on the dial is between 2 numbers, record the lower value. However, if the pointer is between 0 and 9 as shown on the first dial above, record the number as 9. If any of the dials point exactly to 9, take away 1 from the dial before. For example, dial 4 point to 9, therefore dial 3 will be recorded as 6 and not 7. Therefore, the above example would be recorded as 9469.

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Who Handles The Replacement Of My Electric And Gas Meter Box?

Who Handles The Replacement Of My Electric And Gas Meter Box?

I need a gas meter box replacement/my meter box is broken. What do I do?


Unless your meter box is still covered under the warranty, it is ultimately down to you to replace your meter box or meter box door at your own expense.

If your meter box is damaged in any way, it is advised to get this sorted straight away because the longer the gas meter is exposed to the elements, the higher the risk of permanent damage to the meter.

Here at Gas Equipment Direct, we offer a range of electric meter boxes, gas meter boxes and replacement meter box doors, covers and lids. If you cannot find the replacement door for your meter box on our website, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

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Which gas regulator do I need?

Which gas regulator do I need?

There are a number of questions that always come up when searching for a gas regulator; which regulator for calor gas, which gas regulator for BBQ, which regulator for propane tank etc.

Here at Gas Equipment Direct, our aim is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to find the exact regulator they require.

We offer several low-pressure regulators including Propane regulators, Butane regulators, Handwheel Propane regulators and Camping Gas regulators. We also offer high pressure regulators for certain appliances and pheasant rearing, both of which require a larger operating pressure and capacity.

All our regulators are colour coded to match the corresponding cylinder colours. Our butane regulators are blue in colour to match butane gas cylinders and our propane regulators are red in colour to match the red propane gas cylinders.

The first thing you will need to do is decide which gas cylinder you will be using. Although we can offer advise on this depending on your appliance and set-up, we would suggest speaking to a gas cylinder supplier or a gas registered engineer first if you are unsure. If you are purchasing a BBQ, you can also seek advice from the store. Once you know whether you require a Butane or a Propane regulator, the next step is deciding which regulator to purchase in this range.

CALOR:

Patio Gas:
5kg Propane – 27mm clip on Propane Regulator
13kg Propane – 27mm clip on Propane Regulator

Butane:
4.5kg – 28-30Mbar Butane Regulator
7kg Butane – 21mm clip on Butane Regulator
15kg Butane - 21mm clip on Butane Regulator

Propane:
3.9kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
6kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
13kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
19kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
47kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator

FLOGAS:

Propane:
3.9kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
6kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
11kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
19kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator
47kg – 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator

Butane:
4.5kg – 20mm clip on Butane Regulator
7kg – 20mm clip on Butane Regulator
7kg (Yellow) - 21mm clip on Butane Regulator
13kg – 21mm clip on Butane Regulator
13kg (Yellow) - 21mm clip on Butane Regulator

If you require a high-pressure regulator for example 50mbar or 16bar, or a regulator for pheasant rearing, please contact us for further advice. Please also contact us for advice on specific caravan regulators and non-regulating adaptors.

Please note that Propane gas cylinders contain considerably greater pressure than Butane cylinders and as a result, regulators are designed for use with either Propane or Butane and are not interchangeable because of their different design pressures and the different connections on the cylinder itself.

To find the correct regulator for an existing appliance, please check the appliance data sheet or examine the appliance itself. There should be a data plate or instruction manual stating the required output and inlet pressure. If you have this information, then please feel free to contact us and we will point you in the right direction.

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How exactly do Automatic Changeovers work?

How exactly do Automatic Changeovers work? Gas Equipment Direct - Automatic Changeovers

Why are Automatic Changeovers beneficial?

Posted by: Jess Speed

Gas Equipment Direct offer a vast range of both manual and automatic changeover regulators. Whether you are looking for a 2 cylinder changeover or a 4 cylinder changeover, we offer everything you will need to connect your gas cylinder/s to your appliance. Automatic changeover systems can be found in static homes, domestic installations, boats and holiday homes.

Why should you purchase an automatic changeover over a manual changeover? The simple answer is, automatic changeovers ensure a continuous gas supply to the installation, and automatically switch to the reserve cylinder/s when the pressure falls in the supply cylinder.

Once the system has been fully set-up by a registered gas technician and is ready to go, the black lever will be pointing to the supply cylinder/s and the window on the changeover regulator will be clear in colour. Once the supply cylinder/s are empty, the automatic changeover will automatically switch to the reserve cylinder/s and the window will turn red. When you see that the window is red in colour, you will need to turn the black lever so it is now pointing to the cylinder/s where the gas is being supplied from. You should then disconnect the empty cylinder/s and replace them with full cylinders, so they are in place and ready to use when the reserve cylinder/s have run out of gas. This cycle will keep repeating itself, and you will need to make sure that you keep changing the lever position when required so you always know which side the gas is coming from.

Please note that in some cases, when the gas cylinder/s are delivered, the driver will turn the black lever for you, so if you have already done this, please let them know.

Having an automatic changeover is extremely beneficial as you will always have a constant gas supply and you will not need to worry about constantly changing your cylinder/s or running out of gas.

All our regulators have been tested and meet the latest European and British Standards.

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