Knowing how much electricity you use can help you gain control over your Texas electricity costs.

Your meter and other tools for keeping electricity costs in check

So, where should you begin? Start with these easy steps that will guide you through the process of reading your analog meter. You’ll need last month’s bill, a piece of paper and something to write with.

Electricity Meter

  1. You’ll find 5 dials on your meter. Read the dials from right to left.
  2. Dial one must make a full revolution before dial two can move one space. Write down the number that the pointer has just passed, not the number that it is moving towards. Read the first dial clockwise, the second dial counterclockwise, and continue to alternate from dial to dial. If the pointer appears to be directly on a number, the only way to be sure it has reached that number is to check whether the dial to the right has completed its revolution or passed zero.
  3. Write the numbers down from left to right to get the total kilowatt-hours registered on the meter. In the above example, the number is 17592. To determine usage for the month, subtract the previous month's reading (it’s on last month’s bill) from this month's reading.
  4. Just like the odometer of a car, the register turns over after the last dial on your meter has completed a full revolution (100,000 kilowatt-hours on a five-dial meter). Each time the meter turns over, a "1" must be added in front of the next reading in order to compute the number of kilowatt-hours used.

Learn about how to read a smart meter.

If reading your meter is not something you want to do on a regular basis, TXU Energy offers BrightenSM energy savings solutions and special electricity plans to help you manage your Texas electricity costs.

  • BrightenSM iThermostat. This smart thermostat lets you manage your home’s temperature from your smartphone or any computer with Internet access. Whether you’re in Texas or on the other side of the world, you can control your thermostat and your electricity costs from just about anywhere, 24/7. Learn more about the BrightenSM iThermostat.
  • BrightenSM Power Monitor. This in-home device lets you see how and when you use energy in near-real time. You can plot out your usage online over time (daily, monthly or at the end of a billing month), create alarms for when you go over a set limit, view past energy data and more. Learn more about the BrightenSM Power Monitor.
  • TXU Energy Time-of-Use. If you’ve had a new advanced smart meter installed, you’re eligible for this new plan which puts the control of your electricity bill at your fingertips. By doing laundry, running the dishwasher or using any other major appliances early in the morning or late in the evenings, you’ll be taking advantage of this plan’s lower off-peak electricity prices and saving money. 

Learn about our plans, products and tips and start saving on your Texas electricity costs. Switch your electricity to TXU Energy today.