Some gas companies don’t read your gas meter every month, but estimate usage instead. Inspecting your own gas meter is a simple way to make sure you’re receiving an accurate utility bill each month. It’s also a good idea to know where your gas meter is located in the event of a gas leak so that you can shut off your house’s supply of gas.
Locate your gas meter. It will usually be located outside along the front or side of your house. In some cases it may be inside a cabinet enclosure that’s attached to the outside of the building. If you can’t find it, contact your gas company and ask them where it is.
Learn how to read your meter. Newer models usually have a digital meter that’s easy to read from left to right. Older models have analog meters, which are a little trickier. Read the four dials from left to right. If the hand is between two numbers, always select the lower number. When the hand is between 9 and 0, 9 is considered the lower number. If a hand is directly on a number, look at the dial to the right. If the dial to the right is between 0 and 5, use the number that that hand is on. If it is between 4 and 0, go down a number. It’s the same principle as rounding.
Inspect your meter. Once you’ve learned how to read your meter, you can inspect it each month. Inspecting your gas meter is a simple way to make sure you’re receiving an accurate utility bill each month. Check your utility bill for your next scheduled meter reading date. This is when you should take a reading and report it to your natural gas company. Many natural gas companies now allow you to submit this information online.
Know which appliances in your home use natural gas. Most gas appliances like your gas stovetop, water heater and dryer have a gas shutoff valve located near the appliance that allows you to turn off the gas to that appliance only. In some instances, shutting off these valves will stop a gas leak if it’s only coming from that appliance.