HOW TO READ GAS AND ELECTRICITY METERS
Whether you are still looking for your perfect fit or are soon to be moving into your rental apartment in Rome, you will want to know how to pay and monitor your electricity and gas consumption.
Gas meter – is the most simple, just read the numbers in black, the numbers in red are decimals.
Electricity meter – you should push the button in the centre 4 or 5 times until the following appears A+ 00000,00 – the numbers after the comma are decimals and not important.
Take a look at this video that shows how to read electricity meter…
Finding the meters is sometimes easy and sometimes tricky. They range from being inside your apartment, the gas sometimes in the stairwell outside your front door or at the bottom at the main entrance. This you really need to ask the owner, or the doorman usually knows. If inside your apartment the elctricity meter is usually near the front door, hidden behind a cheesy painting or mirror. The gas meter sometimes on the balcony.
The most transparent way to pay and monitor electricity and gas consumption for both parties involved, tenants and owners, is to read the meters at check-in and after a certain period of time (1 month, 3 months) pay what you have used. This is not only the most transparent way to pay your bills, but also gives you possibility to regulate your usage by monitoring the meters. You will especially be interested to know how much gas or electricity you are using over the winter and summer when heating or air conditioning are often in on mode. For owners, this is a good system to use because it is quick and easy to check to see if the tenants are within the limits of electricity and gas.
Electricity and gas meters seem complicated but once you see how they work, they are very useful!