Reading Your Meter

Missouri customers: Learn how to read your electric meter.

The more you know about your electricity use, the better you can focus on increasing your energy efficiency. We provide usage information on your monthly bill, but you can also read your own meter, typically located at the side or back of your home. 

How to Read Your Digital Meter

  • The electric meter uses a digital readout that alternates between three different displays.
  • The first display shows the actual kWh register.  Example:  01 00123     (123 kWh)
  • The second display is a segment check.  All of the number segments light up to ensure that a segment is not missing and all of the numbers are readable.  Example:  88 888888
  • The third display show a radio signal in order to indicate that the radio is working.  Example:  GS 000003
  • Because the meter does not reset each month, you can track the electricity you’ve used by subtracting this month’s reading from last month’s reading.
  • Some meters may be different and have additional displays.

How to Read Your Legacy Meter

Some KCP&L customers may still have an older, non-digital meter:
  • The electric meter has five numbered dial faces that look a little bit like a clock (see below).
  • Start from the right to record your numbers. Note that the second and fourth dials from the right are read counter-clockwise. (Zero reads as the number 10.)
  • If a dial hand is between the numbers, use the smaller number. So if the hand is between six and seven, use six.
  • If the hand is directly on a number, read that number only if the hand to the right is on or just past zero. If the hand to the right is not on zero, use the smaller number.
  • Because the meter does not reset each month, you can track the electricity you’ve used by subtracting this month’s reading from last month’s reading.
Utility meter dials
Please note: Customers in the Greater Missouri Operations service area may soon be receiving a new electric meter, if they haven't already.

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