Reading your meter
Please provide clear and safe access to your meter box and electricity meters.
Sometimes dogs can prevent us from entering a property to read electricity meters.
That's why you're advised on your electricity account of the next scheduled meter reading date so you can provide clear and safe access for our meter readers.
Check your electricity account for details of your next meter read, or contact your electricity retailer.
To ensure we have the latest information about dogs at your property, update your details now. That way, everyone will be happy, including your dog.
Keeping your dog away from the meter
If you have a dog at your premises, meter readers are advised not to enter the property unless they can confirm it's safe to do so.
When the meter reader visits, they may check that your dog is securely restrained* or in a separate area away from the meter box. This doesn't mean your dog is dangerous, but meter readers can't take risks when it comes to safety. The meter reader is the only person that can determine if it's safe to access your property.
To ensure your meter is read, if you have a dog please securely restrain it or keep it away from the meter box when your meter reading is due. Or, you may like talk to a licensed electrical contractor about relocating your meter box.
It's important to keep your dog details up to date. To tell us about a new dog or to request your dog be reassessed next time the meter reader visits, you can update your account details or call us on 13 74 66 between 7am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
*Definition of securely restrained
- The dog is placed securely in the house or other suitable location (i.e. placed inside the premise without a means of escape).
- The dog is placed securely in a fenced off area separated from the area where workers and contractors are required to perform work (i.e. locked behind a fence without the means of escape).
- The dog is restrained by either a substantial rope or chain secured to a suitable anchor point away from the area where workers and contractors are required to perform work and ensures safe access (i.e. tied to a suitable anchor point).
Next scheduled meter reading
Each day, we read more than 40,000 meters at 25,000 homes and businesses across South East Queensland and must take into account weather and other conditions.
Once a meter is read, we determine the date that the next read should occur.
To ensure a successful read at each property, there is a five-day window around this scheduled date during which the read may occur.
In over 97 per cent of cases, your reading will be completed in the first three days of this period.
Useful tips for a successful meter read
- Check the date on your electricity account and ensure there is clear and safe access to the meter during the scheduled meter reading period.
- Provide or update your electricity retailer with any access instructions to the meter.
- Ensure trees and shrubs are cut back (if in front of the electricity meter).
- Be mindful of latches on gates into your property and ensure they are easy to open.
- If you would like to know if the meter reader has visited your property, stick a piece of paper on the meter with instructions "please remove when read" indicating the meter has been read.
- Remove any private locks on your gate or meter box during the scheduled meter reading period.
- If you are concerned about security, you can purchase an Energex lock from one of our approved locksmiths. The meter readers will be able to use a master key to open this lock.
- Keep your dog away from the meter during the scheduled meter reading period.
- Avoid building gardens, fences or anything else in front of the electricity meter.
- If you are renovating your home with the help of an electrician, consider whether you can move the meter box to a more accessible location.
No access to meter
If we are unable to access the meter for any reason, we will need to estimate your electricity consumption based on previous data, which might not reflect your changing electricity use.
A card will be left in your letter box advising you of the reason for not being able to access the meter.
To update meter access information, contact your electricity retailer and provide current access details.
For more information about providing clear and easy access to the meter, or how to read a meter, download our fact sheet: You and Energex's electricity meter at your premises (PDF 628.0 kb).