There are many different types of electricity meters and are all measure in units called Kilowatt Hours (kWh), they provide different tariffs which are used to support various business types, some meters measure kWh at different times. Here are some details to help you, in case you’re unsure of the meter you have. We are able to quote for all types of meters so don’t worry if it seems complicated, we are here to assist.
A single rate meter is a standard meter which use a mechanical or a digital display to show your readings. Your usage is measured based on the number of revolutions the dial or digital display made on the meter. This is the most common type of meter.
Economy 7 meters are used for ‘Economy 7’ tariffs, they have 2 rates. A day rate and a night rate. You get a reduced rate for your usage for 7 hours of the day (during the night).
A time switch changes the meter to clock the units used during the day or the during the night.
Some of these meters will display one set of numbers (showing the day rate) and you press a button to show the night rate, and some will show two sets of numbers.
The times of the night rate can vary depending on your meter.
Evening and Weekend Meter
Similar to Economy 7, these meters have 2 rates. But the reduced rate comes on during the evenings and all the way through the weekend.
The times of the weekend rate can vary depending on your meter.
Evening, Weekend and Night Meter
Again, these are similar to Economy 7, but these meters have 3 rates. A separate rate for weekday, evening and weekend, and night.
The 2 off peak rates are reduced for energy used over the weekend, evenings and at night.
The times of the weekend and night rate can vary depending on your meter.
Half Hourly Meter
Traditionally, Half Hourly meters were used for the larger consumers and are installed to measure electricity by capturing data and readings every 30 minutes. These are complex meters and most high demand meters have been changed to now be billed on half hourly meters.
There is generally one type of gas meter, there are no reduced rates for different times of the day. However, gas meters are measured in cubic feet or cubic meters. These measurements are then converted into Kilowatt Hours (kWh) so you are billed for both your gas and electricity in kWh.
These are just a few of the meters used in the UK’s market and as explained above, we are able to quote for all meters supplying small businesses and large businesses too. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any queries.