Meters are supposed to be changed out every 10 years or so, but we have many older meters still. In fact, about 2/3 of the electric meters are old analog dial meters.
I thought I'd challenge you to read a couple. Are you up to it?
|What does this dial read?|
Hint number 2: In order to read this correctly you must read from right-to-left and remember to carry or not, just like a math problem. Then reverse the numbers.
Go back. Try again...
Unless you have experience with these, you likely have two different numbers. And you may not have it correct yet.
Confused? Try it with me. From the right. The right-most is zero (0). Since it is zero, the next one to the left is exactly what it appears, or 9. So far so good? Since the last one was 9, the next one on the left isn't quite to the next number. So even though the third from the right appears to be an 8, it is really a 7. Again, since it is a 7 the next one to the left hasn't reached the next number, it looks like a zero (really 10) but it's not yet, so 9. Again the same with the left-most dial. Even though it looks like it should be a 1, since the previous was a 9, this dial has not yet reached the new number. It is a zero (0) not a 1. That is, from right to left, 0-9-7-9-0. Now reverse it. Got it? 09790. Oh, a palindrome--how wonderfully confusing!
Wanna try another?
Go ahead. Consider this your job interview for being a meter reader!
If you don't get it right you can say, "Whatever. I wasn't really interested anyway." If I don't get it right someone comes to me with their $7514.27 electric bill and says, "Whatever." Right?
|What does this electric meter read?|