How to Read your Business Gas Meter

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14 Jun, 2021
Category: business tips
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Help your business avoid over or under-payments due to estimated energy bills, by taking your own meter readings. Find out how to take control of your business gas bill with our simple advice...

Finding Your Gas Meter

When you rely on your supplier’s gas estimates, the amount you pay can be too high, too low, and generally unpredictable. As well as taking accurate readings, you’ll need to locate your gas meter for routine safety and accuracy inspections. If you’re unsure where to find your meter, the owner of the building, site manager, or agency managing the building, should be able to help.

SME’s will have a standard domestic gas meter, suitable for measuring a small amount of gas. The larger the business and higher the gas consumption, it’s more likely to have an industrial or commercial gas meter.

Working Out Your Gas Usage

Smart meters are invaluable for evaluating how your business can save on gas bills. Smart meter tech pinpoints where and when gas is used throughout the business and calculates hourly usage.

You can access how much gas your business has used by referring to your last gas bill. Simply subtract the figures from your current meter reading to reveal how many imperial or metric units have been used. Check your bill for kWh (kilowatt-hours) and multiply that cost by the amount of units used.

Imperial and Metric

  • Imperial gas meters present measurements in cubic feet and use four digits.
  • Metric meters calculate in cubic metres and use five digits.
  • Ignore any numbers listed after the decimal point.

Understanding Digital Metric Gas Meters

  • These meters provide a readout in cubic metres (m3).
  • You can see either ‘M’ or ‘M3’ on the front of the meter.
  • Make a note of the five numbers to the left of the decimal point and give to your gas supplier to avoid estimated bills.

Understanding Digital Imperial Meters

  • Generally found in older properties, these meters measure gas in cubic feet.
  • Reading these gas meters also means ignoring anything after the decimal point, but most digital imperial meters will have those digits in red.

Dial Meters

  • Numbered from zero to nine, highlighted by a pointer.
  • Work from left to right, noting the number indicated by the pointer, or the lowest of two if the pointer falls between two numbers (Unless pointing between zero and nine, you should write it as a nine).
  • Like digital imperial meters, ignore any red dials.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of a Smart meter?

Smart meters automatically generate data and update readings every 30-minutes. Gas and electricity usage is displayed in real time, with consumption measured with more accurately, which means your business is billed for the amount of energy used, rather than estimated workplace usage, which can result in over or under-charging. You won’t need to submit meter readings to your supplier, and it is far easier to review processes and monitor consumption.

How are energy bills estimated?

The previous meter reading will be taken from your last bill and subtracted from your current reading. This figure is then multiplied by 2.83 to obtain the volume used in cubic metres. The result is multiplied by the energy contained in the gas or electricity used (the calorific value), which is divided by 3.6 to obtain the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh). Finally, the number of kWh used is multiplied by the pence per kWh rate to obtain the approximate consumption cost.

What affects the price of business energy?

Several factors can affect the wholesale price of business energy, including the weather, storage, regulatory pressures, crude oil prices, flow and availability, and wind generation.

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