How to read your electricity meter (WA)

Electricity meters have all sorts of buttons, numbers and lights on them. But they are actually quite easy to read. Here’s a brief explanation of what your electricity meter actually does:

  • The meter records the energy sent to the grid from your solar system as well as electricity consumed from the grid.
  • Your electricity retailer will install a new bi–directional meter which will monitor and report both the incoming and outgoing electricity. Your electricity bills will then take into account the lower amounts electricity you will need to buy from the grid plus credits for the electricity generated by your solar power system that you don’t use.
  • Depending on where you live, your interval meter may be a gross meter or a net meter.
  • If you are on a gross feed-in tariff scheme, your gross meter separately measures the total electricity consumed by your household and the total electricity generated by your solar PV system. Your electricity company reads the solar meter and determines the total amount of electricity generated by your solar panels, regardless of whether it goes into the grid or is used by your household.
  • If you are on a net feed-in tariff scheme, your net meter measures your household’s electricity and the electricity generated by your solar PV system together. Your electricity company reads the meter and calculates any surplus electricity fed back into the grid.

How to read your single phase meter

single-phase-meter

1. Display Register

The display shows all the meter reading, registers recorded, including the readings for electricity consumed for the different tariff rates and exported electricity from your Renewable Energy System.

2. Serial Number (Meter Number)

Each meter is assigned with a unique serial number (meter number). The first four digits are the meter code followed by a six digit serial number

3. Pulse Indicator

The might (LED) will pulse (on and off) when electricity is being consumed, and these pulses will become faster as electricity consumption increases.

4. Scroll (Cycle) Button

This button is used to scroll the register displays in sequence that they have been programmed on the meter. Each press of the scroll button will show the next reading register display.

 

How to read your 3 phase bi-directional meter

3-phase-bi-meter

1. Display Register

The display shows all the meter reading, registers recorded, including the readings for electricity consumed for the different tariff rates and exported electricity from your Renewable Energy System.

2. Serial Number (Meter Number)

Each meter is assigned with a unique serial number (meter number). The first four digits are the meter code followed by a six digit serial number.

3. Pulse Indicator

The might (LED) will pulse (on and off) when electricity is being consumed, and these pulses will become faster as electricity consumption increases.

4. Scroll (Cycle) Button

This button is used to scroll the register displays in sequence that they have been programmed on the meter. Each press of the scroll button will show the next reading register display.

5. Menu Button

The menu button will display an alternate set of measurement data used by Western Power personnel.

6. Optical Port

Western Power downloaded data from the meter by plugging an optical cable
into this port and connecting a handheld unit.

All Home Plan (A1 Tariff) customers refer to channel 07 for total KwH bought (imported) from the grid.
PowerShift/SmartPower customers refer to channel 10, 20, 30, and 40 for your different time of use rates.

Channel 107 shows the total electricity sold (exported) to the grid.

How to read your Smart Meter

The instructions below are for customers who have smart meters installed as part of the Perth Solar City or Green Town trials. These meters will have a meter numbering beginning with 0510 or 0530.

Your new smart meter will send your meter readings to Western Power (remotely), which means the meter readers will no longer need to visit your property as previously done, and self-read cards are no longer required.

Your smart meter has an LCD display screen which automatically scrolls though different channels every six seconds.

smart-meter-channel

Should you wish to skip through these channels yourself you can do so by pressing the grey button on the left, as indicated below.

smart-meter

 

All Home Plan (A1 Tariff) customers refer to channel 07 for total KwH bought (imported) from the grid. PowerShift/SmartPower customers refer to channel 10, 20, 30, and 40 for your different time of use rates.

Channel 47 shows the total electricity sold (exported) to the grid.

 

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