There are a few different types of energy meter that are used in the UK. The type of meter that’s fitted in your home usually depends on whether you use gas/oil or electricity for your heating and hot water.
Our guide has basic information about the most common meter types. If you're not sure which meter type you have or if you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
If you use gas or oil to heat your home
Standard meters record the gas or electricity you use on a single rate.
Evening and weekend meters
Our support for the meters below will end soon. If you have one, we'll be in touch to arrange a meter and tariff upgrade to keep your heating and hot water working. Or contact our Electric Heating team now to arrange your upgrade.
This meter type is only used in some parts of the UK. It could be right for you if you're out during the day for most of the week.
Evening and Weekend meters have two readings. One is for ‘day’ and one is for 'night'. Between certain times, the energy you use records at a cheaper rate. These times depend on things like where you live and the time of year. If you want to check the times for your meter, contact us and we'll be happy to help.
If you use electricity to heat your home
Economy 7/Domestic economy meters
Economy 7 times differ in terms of on-peak and off-peak periods depending on where you live. In most cases, the off-peak hours are in one overnight block, starting from around 11pm during winter months, although this may change by one hour during British Summer Time. In some areas, the times might be split. You might get two shorter blocks overnight instead or perhaps a small top-up boost during the day.
For Domestic Economy, the eight-hour off-peak period runs between 11:30pm and 7:30am during the winter and 12:30am and 8:30am during British Summer Time.
Economy 10 meters
Economy 10 meters are good if you have an electrically heated wet radiator system, but they’re only used in some parts of the UK.
They have two readings; a ‘day/normal’ reading and a 'night/low' reading. The times for these depend on where you live. As a guide, the ‘night/low’ reading runs for five hours overnight, three hours in the afternoon and two hours in the evening. If you’d like to check the times for your meter, contact us and we’ll let you know.
Our support for the meters below will end soon
If you have one, we'll be in touch to arrange a meter and tariff upgrade to keep your heating and hot water working. Or contact our Electric Heating team now to arrange your upgrade.
Total Heating, Total Control (THTC) meters
THTC meters are only used in certain parts of Scotland. They’re good if you use electricity to heat your home and water, and are at home most of the day.
Electricity for your heating and hot water records on one meter and the rest on a different meter. You'll get between five and twelve hours a day of heating from your storage heaters. We put these on for you and check the weather forecast to find out the best times to do so. If you have any questions about your meter, please contact us.
Storage heating control (SHC) meters
SHC meters are only used in some areas of Scotland. This meter type runs alongside your heating, whether it’s electric or gas, and gives you an extra boost.
It records eight hours of low cost heating through your storage heaters. This includes at least three hours between 10pm and 10am and two hours between 10am and 10pm. Any other energy you use is recorded through another meter. If you have any questions about your meter, contact us and we'll be happy to help.
These meters are only available in certain parts of England and are used in homes with all electric heating.
Flexiheat and Superdeal meters record the electricity you use on three meter readings; one for ‘day’, one for 'night' and one for ‘stored heat’. The 'stored heat' meter reading records for seven hours to charge your storage heaters. Superdeal meters also store two hours of heat for the afternoon so you'll keep warm throughout the day. If you have any questions about your meter, get in touch and we'll be happy to help.
Other meter types
You may have an older meter type which we haven’t mentioned here. These older meters often have a tariff just for that type of meter. If you think you might have an older meter type, contact us and we’ll look into it for you.
Changing your meter
If you'd like to change your meter, get in touch so we can find the best option for you.