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Your electric meter is designed to accurately measure the amount of electricity your home is using. At Indian Electric, we understand how important accurate meter reading and billing is to our customers. The following information will help you understand how your meter works and how you can assist our meter readers to read and record your meter reading each month.

The electricity you buy from Indian Electric 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.

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 1-800-663-2802 for assistance.


Indian Electric Cooperative collects meter readings in three ways.

    One out of five meters in IEC's system report usage to our office using Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology.

    Roughly 40% of our meters are read by IEC meter readers or contractors. Indian Electric attempts to read your meter every month, however, the safety of our meter readers is very important and the presence of a locked gate, an unshoveled path or an unleashed dog may mean that the reader is unable to access your meter.

    If you know your meter will be inaccessible on the day your meter is scheduled to be read, you can read the meter yourself and submit the reading directly to a Member Service Representative by telephone. To ensure we have your meter reading in time for billing, please submit your reading within the dates assigned to your billing cycle. Meters are typically read exactly one month from the usage period indicated on your last electrical bill.

    Many of our members submit their own monthly meter readings. Readings can be submitted when you mail payment on your account, speak with any of our Customer Service Representatives, or log on to our e-bill software.

    Instructions for reading both Dial Meters and Digital Meters are detailed below.

A dial meter has on its face a revolving disk and a series of dials and pointers. When an electric current passes through the meter, the disk rotates at a speed that depends on the watts of electricity you’re using at the time. The more electricity you use, the faster the disk moves. Each revolution of the disk measures a precise amount of electricity and the measurement is shown by the position of the pointers on the dials.

Some meters have four dials; some have five dials. Each dial has 10 numbers and a pointer and is numbered in an alternating clockwise and counter clockwise manner. The pointers follow the direction of the numbers and advance only when you are using electricity.


  1. Stand directly in front of your meter.
  2. Read and record each dial starting from the right and moving left
  3. When the dial pointer is between two numbers, record the smaller number (the number the pointer has just passed).
  4. When the pointer seems to be directly on the number, look at the dial to the right. If the pointer on the dial to the right has passed zero (0), write down the number for the left dial which the pointer seems to be on. If the pointer on the dial to the right has not passed zero, the pointer on the left dial is not yet directly on the number, so record the lower number.

Here's an example:

  • Dial 1 is on 1; record 1
  • Dial 2 is on 0; record 0
  • Dial 3 is on 8; record 8
  • Dial 4 is between 7 and 8; record 7
  • Dial 5 is on 2 but dial 4 hasn’t made the full revolution to 0; record 1
    The reading is 17801.

Now a second example:

  • Dial 1 is between 1 and 2; record 1
  • Dial 2 is between 1 and 2; record 1
  • Dial 3 is between 0 and 9; record 9
  • Dial 4 is between 0 and 9; record 9
  • Dial 5 is on 2 but dial 4 hasn’t made the full revolution to 0; record 1
    The reading on this meter is 19911.
Current Reading 19911  
Previous Reading - 17801  

kWh's Used 2110 x Rate = Energy Charge

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



A digital meter measures the amount of electricity you used and displays this usage on a liquid crystal display (LCD).


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

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

The October reading is 53859 kilowatt-hours.

October Reading 53859  
September Reading - 52316  

kWh's Used 1543 x Rate = Energy Charge

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