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Your Meter

Understanding Your Residential Electric Meter

Your electric meter is designed to accurately measure the amount of electricity your home is using. At SWRE, we understand how important accurate meter reading and billing is to our customers. The following information will help you understand how your meter works.


The electricity you buy from SWRE is measured in kilowatt-hours. This measure reflects the number of kilowatts of electricity you use in a given period of time. A kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. If you turn on ten 100-watt light bulbs for one hour, you will use one kilowatt-hour of electricity.

The electric meter on your home measures the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity you use each month to heat your home and power your lights, water heater, refrigerator, television, clock radio and other appliances. Your meter may be either a dial meter or a digital meter.

Something's Wrong With My Meter!

Think something might be wrong with your meter? Please give us a call! Tampering with an electric meter is dangerous. Touching an energized meter socket could cause serious injury or death. Meter tampering also constitutes a criminal offense, which could result in fines or imprisonment. If you suspect a problem with your meter, please don’t tamper with it! Please call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-256-7973.


Electronic Meters

All SWRE meters are electronic meters. An electronic meter measures the amount of electricity you used and displays this usage on a liquid crystal display (LCD).

How to Read Your Electronic Meter

An electronic meter records electricity usage in the same manner that a car's odometer records mileage. You read the numbers from left to right.

Digital Meter

In the illustration, the September reading is 52316 kilowatt-hours.

Digital Meter

The October reading is 53859 kilowatt-hours.

October Reading         53859
September Reading  - 52316

kWh's Used                 1543 x Rate = Energy Charge

Your monthly SWRE electric bill will tell you your current and previous meter reading, and the dates of those readings.

Electronic meters are read from the SWRE office on a date that that is determined according to each meter's billing cycle.

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