Where is my meter? How do I read it?
Your electric meter is probably located on an outside wall of your house or apartment, about 5 feet off the ground, and accessible from the street or sidewalk.
It should be near the main electrical panel of breakers or fuses.
Reading Your Meter
The smart meter cycles through different screen displays, and each of these screens stays visible for five seconds. Look for the screen that displays “001” in the upper left-hand corner of the meter display. This screen will provide you with the recorded total kWh consumption value.
Every time you use one kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity, the meter screen display (the 4-digit code on the right of the screen) will increase by one number. The speed at which the kWh value increases depends on how much electricity you are using at a given time. The digital display represents a “cumulative” read and works like a car’s odometer (i.e., the total number of miles your car has been driven).
To figure your total kWh energy use for a given time, simply subtract an earlier reading from your current reading.
Normally, we read your meter every 27-33 days for billing purposes. The next scheduled read date appears in the top section of your SCE statement.