Over the years, the accuracy of gas and electricity meters in the UK has increased. It is quite rare for a meter to fail a test. I don’t often recommend having your meter tested by your energy supplier, because if the meter passes the test, then the energy supplier will charge you for the cost of the test.
Instead I recommend a Burns Test, which you can do safely at home. You will need a torch, and some way of writing the results down, either a notepad and pencil, or a smartphone. It’s best done during daylight.
- Take a meter reading one hour before the test. Write it down.
- Take another meter reading, write it down, make a note of the time, and then turn everything off.
- After half an hour, take another meter reading, write it down, make a note of the time, and then start turning things back on. Start with fridges and freezers.
- You can then turn everything back on one at a time. You can stagger it and record further meter readings if you wish.
What is the difference between meter reading 2 and meter reading 3? If it is zero, then your meter isn’t faulty.