An electric meter measures kilowatt hours. A kilowatt hour (or kWh) is equal to 1,000 watts of electric energy used in one hour. One 100-watt bulb burning for 10 hours equals one kWh.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
BELD now uses an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system for residential and business meters, which allows us to monitor everything remotely from our BELD offices. This can help us determine reasons why your usage may be high and help customers become more energy efficient. We also receive alerts when an AMR meter is no longer sending us readings so we can investigate any potential problems. In most cases we are already on the road to the problem area before the customer even has a chance to inform us of an issue. The transmitting device operates in compliance with FCC regulations in a licensed spectrum to avoid interference with other electronic devices. The AMI system operates for short periods of time at a low-power frequency reserved for this purpose and should not interfere with other equipment.
How to read your electric meter
Your electric meter is digital. Numbers are read from left to right. To find out the number of kilowatt hours used during a given amount of time, take two readings, then subtract the earlier from the more recent.