A gas metre keeps track of how much gas your home uses. Energy providers receive the data recorded in gas metres and charge consumers accordingly. 

If you want to keep an eye on your gas consumption and steer clear of those shockingly high energy bills during the winter, it’s helpful to be aware of the precise spot of your metre — especially, if your home has many gas appliances like stoves, ovens, and heating systems.

In this blog post we’ll cover everything you need to know regarding your metre so you can confidently read your gas metre and better understand your energy consumption.

Types of Gas Metres

As mentioned, there are two types of gas metres – one is gas imperial metre and the other is gas metric metre.  

The former uses cubic feet when measuring gas consumption. On the display, you will see five black numbers, the decimal points, and then more numbers. Older residences typically still have this type of gas metre. 

In contrast, gas metric metres measure gas consumption in cubic metres and is commonly found in modern homes and commercial properties. This one uses a digital display of numbers on its panel; typically, four black digits and two red numbers. 

Simple Guide to Reading Your Gas Metre

The condition and layout of a property will determine where the gas metre will be positioned. It is advised that the gas metre is in a bright, easily-reachable spot so you can read the readings clearly.  In most houses, you may find the gas metre right next to the electricity metre, which is often situated near the front doorway.

On the other hand, gas metres in multi-unit buildings, such as apartments or townhouses, are often found in the basement, parking lot or beneath the kitchen sink. Make sure you are reading the right metre; they should all have unit numbers on them. Ask your landlord or building management if you are unable to locate your gas metre.

There are differences in reading an imperial gas metre and metric gas metre. Regardless of the type, it is wise to verify your readings to ensure accuracy and reliability. Double-checking ensures that you’ve captured the numbers correctly, which can be crucial for identifying discrepancies and maintaining precise records. 

For Imperial Gas Metre

For Metric Gas Metre

For digital gas metre, a slight adjustment is necessary when interpreting the readings. You’ll notice a decimal point within the number sequence. To obtain the accurate reading, simply move the decimal point two spaces to the right. For example, if the display shows a reading of 16.523, it should be recorded as 1,652. 

Confused about gas meter readings? Let the professional gas fitters at MCN Gas Plumbing help you! 

If you own a residential or a commercial property, knowing how to interpret your gas metre readings is crucial to track your energy use and use it as proof in case of any discrepancy.  

If your numbers remain relatively constant or stable from month to month, there’s nothing to worry about. However, a higher reading could be due to a number of things — like if you’ve installed a new gas-powered equipment, increased your gas usage, or even a gas leak that you should look more into

If you’re interested in learning more about how to read your gas metre accurately, our team at MCN Gas Plumbing is here to help! We specialise in all aspects of gas-related needs – from gas metre installations to gas line connections and maintenance tasks.

Whether you’re facing an emergency gas leak or simply need routine maintenance, you can count on us to deliver top-notch solutions with professionalism and expertise. Contact us today at 0420 102 285! 



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