This article about your gas meters how to read has been supplied by Catherine Lezer, Director SCA (NSW) and Strata Chairperson.
Gas is used in strata common property generally for heating hot water, although some blocks also have common gas BBQ facilities.
Some units also have gas bills for heating and cooking. If you do have gas in your unit, it is good to know where your gas meter is located so you can check the reading against the bill.
Some places to look for meters are in a service riser, in the ceiling, garbage room or in a plant room. Some examples of what you are looking for:
Gas Meters How To Read
Newer buildings may also contain an MDL. These are remote reading units for all the meters (common area and apartments). The remote reading units send the gas usage on a weekly basis to the gas companies. It looks like this:
Your meter, the MDL, and the gas company should all be reading the same usage on the same day. (Just to make it confusing some meters show one or two decimal places and the remote reading unit doesn’t.)
What if the readings don’t match or your bill comes out with an “Estimate” rather than “Actual” reading type?
Gas leaks are rare, so other explanations are:
- A fault with the meter itself (most likely)
- A fault in the line/MDL remotely reading the meter
- The meter number being read is wrong ie not the meter for your unit.
Jemena (the people who own the gas meters) can check from their office if they are reading the meter at their end, so it is easy to eliminate faults with the line/MDL as the source of the problem. As is checking the correct meter number is assigned to the correct unit or common property which Jemena or your gas company can do. If your bill shows “Estimate” instead of “Actual” read type then it is very likely there is a problem with the meter and the meter may need replacing.
Please note: Jemena is NSW only, in WA you would be dealing with ATCO Gas Australia and there are different suppliers in each state. If you are unsure who owns your meter, just check your gas bill.
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About the Author:
Catherine Lezer is a dynamic businesswoman with a record of success; postgraduate qualified she was elected to the SCA NSW Board in 2015 for a period of 2 years. Owning in strata property for many years, she has been volunteering on various executive committees for 15 years. Currently, Catherine chairs two of the buildings where she owns property. Always seeking to be involved in her community she has been actively dealing with legal matters, interior, lift and exterior upgrades, defects and a multitude of day-to-day strata matters.
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