Learning how to read your meter is a handy way to keep track of your electricity usage as well as document the performance of your solar power system.
Reading your meter is easy once you know how, but before you start, you need to identify the type of meter that’s installed on your property.
In most cases, the type of meter installed in your home depends on your electricity provider. Choose from the following providers below and click the link to find your relevant instructions:
SP AusNet VIC – Outer northern and eastern suburbs and eastern Victoria
Western Power WA
Jemena VIC – Northern and north-western suburbs
This re-program will allow the meter to record net (usage), which records the premises’ total electricity consumption that has been offset by electricity generated by your solar system. This includes the excess energy that is exported back into the SP AusNet electricity distribution network.
AMI meters feature a scroll button. Pressing the scroll button very lightly prompts the device to commence scrolling through a list – as follows:
|Scroll Time 5 Seconds||Display List|
|3||kWh Imported Total Energy|
|4||kWh Imported Peak Energy|
|6||kWh Imported Off Peak Energy|
|13||kWh Total Exported Energy|
|14||kWh Exported Peak Energy|
|16||kWh Exported Off Peak Energy|
The kilowatt hours (kWhrs) number displayed on the meter is cumulative. To determine actual consumption for a particular period, you must take a reading at the start and end of the required period and then subtract the initial kWhrs reading from the final kWhrs.
The smart meter has a number of buttons and displays allowing customers to interact with it:
The energy generated by your solar system will be consumed first by your installation. Any surplus generation will flow back through the meter where it will be measured as it is exported to the grid. The meter will only record exported kWhrs if the electricity generation exceeds consumption during a particular time interval.