Electric Meter Reading Handbook Second Edition
Automatic Meter Reading Updates Copyright 2007

An electric meter reading handbook is now available for the training of meter reading professionals. The handbook should be utilized by apprentice linemen, linemen, utility managers, meter readers, billing clerks, meter coordinators and any person responsible for the correct billing of utility customers. An excellent meter reader training manual.
Electric Meter Reading Handbook Second Edition

  • The manual will emphasize safety in meter reading.
  • The manual will provide digital photos for meter reading practice.
  • The manual will include real errors that meter readers have made and the dollar figures of the mistakes made.
  • This handbook includes useful information about reviewing accounts on automatic meter reading installations and the useful tips meter readers will need to know about AMR inspection programs.

Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents
About this Handbook
Introduction Meter Reading
Automatic Meter Reading
How To Read a Meter
Difficult To Read Meters
Reading Cyclometer Meters
Reading Demand Meters
Demand Meters
Resetting Demand Meters
Reviewing Energy Usage
Reviewing Accounts After AMR
Meter Reading Safety
Training Around Live Conductors
Meter Reading Map and Door Tags
Unusual Meter Reading Problems
Reviewing Accounts After AMR
AMR Verification
Times To Read a Route
Automatic Meter Reading
Meter Tampering Illegal Service Taps
4 Dial Meter Reading Practice
5 Dial Meter Reading Practice
Meter Reading Practice
Meter Reading Practice Test
Back Cover

About The Author

Virgil JohnsonVirgil Johnson
Having 26 years of generation, meter technology and mentoring experience, Mr. Johnson has developed a productive method to reading meters emphasized with safety precautions.
Mr. Johnson makes recommendations after reviewing the usage history of generation, industrial, commercial and residential meter readings for meter replacement or possible misread meters.

218 S Falls
River Falls, WI 54022 USA
Fax 1-715-425-8473

Click below to email the author for questions or comments: johnson_virgil@sbcglobal.net

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Public Utilities Meter Reading Guide
Key Features

  • Contains information not available in any other technical manual.
  • Could potentially save the utility thousands of dollars of lost revenue.
  • Much better customer service from improved utility billing.
  • Includes instructions and a database to be used to help locate potential electric billing problems.
  • Includes a graphing program for load profile meters.
Contains all the tips account managers need to spot meter tampering and meter related problems.

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Recent Reviews

“The Electric Meter Reading Handbook authored by Virgil Johnson does an excellent job of explaining how to read revenue meters.
The manner in which his graphics are done support the text make it very easy to understand how to read the various types of meters. The book has some excellent information on meter safety, energy diversion and typical metering problems that are encountered. The practice problems are very effective at building skills. We recommend this book to our apprentice lineman trainees as
supplemental training and also recommend it to any students considering becoming meter readers.”

Alan Drew
Vice President, Northwest Lineman

Recently, I had an opportunity to review Virgil Johnson’s Electric Meter Reading Handbook. This first edition publication contains topics that address both practical information regarding meter equipment and the occupational hazards of meter reading.

It has been my experience that much of the information meter reading employees need to do the job properly has been absent from the work place. This handbook describes the proper reading methods for demand and non-demand meters, as well as the impact that errors have on the billing function. This information will be valuable in the training of new employees, and will serve as an excellent refresher course for more experienced meter readers.

The occupational hazard section focuses on animal control and personal equipment to deal with environmental elements. Safety is a problem in most meter reading organizations, and this information may save a life! Too many utility safety programs are designed for the electrical hazards of line work and do not cover meter reading specifically. I am pleased to see a comprehensive approach to heighten the awareness of safety for meter reading and I believe this handbook will be a valuable part of the utility industry’s efforts to improve meter reading employee performance.

Reviewed by Ralph Kennedy – President,
Utility Meter Services Inc., USA

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