How to Read Your Meter

How to Read Your Meter

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The electricity you buy from Cobb EMC is measured in kilowatt-hours, and your electric meter keeps track of the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity you use. A kilowatt equals 1,000 watts, and a kilowatt-hour is 1,000 watts used for one hour. As an example, ten 100-watt light bulbs left on for one hour use one kilowatt-hour of electricity. Some things, like heating and cooling appliances, use more.

Smart Meters

Smart meters are digital meters that use the latest advanced metering and communications technologies. These meters are read remotely over a private, secure wireless network, similar to a cell phone network. The smart meter records hourly meter reads and periodically transmits the reads via a dedicated radio frequency (RF) network back to Cobb EMC. Reading a meter is easy. Once you learn the basics, you can easily measure your own electric use by simply checking your meter. Your smart meter uses a digital readout alternating between two different displays:

  1. The initial screen will display "888888…" indicating that the unit is functioning properly.
  2. The next screen shows the total kWh of energy use. This 5-digit number is cumulative and may include leading zeros.

Cobb EMC does not reset the meter each month, so you can see how much electricity you have used by simply subtracting the previous month’s reading from the present reading. Your previous month’s reading can be found on your bill statement.

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