How to read your electricity meter (QLD)

Your meter in detail:

  • The meter records the energy sent to the grid from your solar system as well as energy 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 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 EM1000 Meter

Screen Display and Registers

  • Positive display shows accumulated imported electricity to your premises from the network
  • Negative display shows accumulated exported electricity from your solar PV system to the network
  • Also, if you have a domestic time of use tariff, there will be three additional screen displays represented by: A (peak) B (shoulder) and C (off peak)

LED FLASH Indicator

  • The red (LED) indicator flashes (on and off) when electricity is being used for general use and economy tariff electricity. At times the red LED may flash whilst you are exporting solar PV electricity to the network if you are using electricity on the economy tariff. As electricity flows to the premises, the meter outputs a pulse equal to one Watt hour of electricity used. The LED will flash faster as the rate of energy used increases. Every 1,000 pulses the meter will increment one kilowatt hour.
  • The LED does not indicate when excess electricity is being exported back to the network.

How to read your Single Phase EM1200 Meter

Screen Display and Registers

  • 01 display shows accumulated imported electricity to your premises from the network
  • 30 display shows accumulated imported controlled electricity to your premises from the network
  • 40 display shows accumulated exported electricity from your solar PV system to the network
  • Also, if you have a domestic time of use tariff, there will be three additional screen displays represented by: 05 (peak) 10 (shoulder) and 20 (off peak)

LED FLASH Indicator

  • The red (LED) indicator flashes (on and off) when electricity is being used for general use and economy tariff electricity. At times the red LED may flash whilst you are exporting solar PV electricity to the network if you are using electricity on the economy tariff. As electricity flows to the premises, the meter outputs a pulse equal to one Watt hour of electricity used. The LED will flash faster as the rate of energy used increases. Every 1,000 pulses the meter will increment one kilowatt hour.

How to read your 3 phase bi-directional meter

Screen Display and Registers

  • 001 display shows accumulated imported electricity to your premises from the network
  • 40 display shows accumulated exported electricity from your solar PV system to the network
  • Also, if you have a domestic time of use tariff, there will be three additional screen displays represented by: 05 (peak) 10 (shoulder) and 20 (off peak)
  • This meter has additional screen displays as follows: 02 Time, 04 Date, 60 Program ID and 88 Test Screen
  • The light below the battery fail label is associated with the normal operation of the meter and may flash from time to time. This is not a fault but correct operation.

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