Understanding analog meters
Discover what analog meters do
Gas and electric meters record the total amount of gas or electricity consumed, just as a car's odometer records mileage. Meters are highly accurate instruments. In fact, the PG&E accuracy record was measured and found to be correct more than 99 percent of the time.
You can check a meter’s accuracy by reading your own meter or accessing your meter data online. Visit your online account.
Learning to read analog meters
Follow these easy steps to read an analog meter:
- Read all the dials, except the testing dials on a gas meter, which have no numbers.
- If the hand on any dial is between two numbers, read the smaller number.
- If the hand appears directly on a number, and the hand to the right is on or just past zero, then read that number only. If the hand to the right is not on zero, read the smaller number.
- To help PG&E track how much energy you use, please keep meters accessible and clear of obstruction.
SmartMeter™ electric meters record the total amount of electricity consumed. Learn how to read a SmartMeter™.
View your analog meter-reading schedule
Access the PG&E meter-reading schedule for your analog gas and electric meters online. View the current meter-reading schedule. Visit 2017 Meter-Reading Schedule.
View meter-reading information for residential customers. Visit Meter Reading Information for Residential Customers.