I am trying to figure out how the electric utility service reads my meter. We have an old electric meter, with a mechanical spinning disc and the analog faces above it.
The meter has not been upgraded by the utility in many years (at least 10 for certain). As far as I know, this meter does not have the capability to be read remotely. I read online that:
Your electrical consumption is read manually by a utility service person who visits the home to read the numbers on the dials. A mechanical electric meter cannot be read remotely. Your building's electrical consumption is calculated by subtracting last month's numbers from this month's reading. A savvy consumer can learn to read these dials to gauge their own electric usage and verify that utility charges are accurate.
Source (emphasis mine)
Now comes the part I can't understand. Someone is home almost every day, and we are generally very aware of who is around our house. The meter is at least 30 feet from the street and the driveway. Someone would have to park in our driveway and walk right in front of the house to read the meter. We have never seen someone from the utility read this meter in the last 10 years.
We regularly see a car, clearly marked as being from the utility company with antennas all over it. I always assumed that they were able to read the meter from the street. But I don't think that is what is going on. How could a meter this old be read remotely?
A few times I have read the dials and they do seem to make sense based on the bill. But how are they reading it?
If it matters, our electric bill always says something like Read Type: ACTUAL. What am I missing.
This is our meter: