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Inspect Your Gas Meter

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WHY DO THIS?


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.

15 MINUTES
EASY

What You'll Need:

  • adjustable crescent wrench

How To:

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

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