Black smart meters

Smart meters record your home or business’s electricity consumption data every half hour and deliver it automatically to CitiPower and Powercor Australia for processing. We make this data available to your electricity retailer for billing purposes.

This reference guide explains what information you can see on your meter, and how to read it.

In future, you can expect your electricity retailer to offer you different tariffs based on the time you use power. Retailers and others will also offer information display units and websites to help you better understand and manage your electricity consumption.

Your smart meter

  1. Display panel - This shows electricity usage and other information in sequence, as well as a test pattern to confirm that each feature is operational – see the table for instructions.
  2. Power usage light - Indicates that power is being consumed at the metered premises – the faster the light flashes, the more power.
  3. Button 1 - Moves the display panel on to show the next register.
  4. Service port - For meter technicians’ use only.
  5. Button 2 - This button activates the smart meter when waiting to be connected, and operates hot water boost for premises with off peak water heating – see back of this card.
  6. Terminal cover - This cover contains a seal to prevent tampering and protect the integrity of your consumption data. It is an offence to remove seals or interfere with metering equipment.

Icons and indicators

These icons appear on the display panel.

Indicates the current register reading.

Indicates the direction of energy through the meter. The left arrow indicates the energy exported into the electricity grid, and the right arrow the energy imported from the electricity grid to your premises.

Indicates the various states of connection of the meter. If the meter is waiting to be connected (for example when the property is uninhabited because of a change of occupants), you can activate it by pressing button 2 until a countdown is completed on the display panel (3,2,1, connected).

Hot water boost – if you have this function

If you have off-peak water heating and run out of hot water, the meter supports a boost facility which heats your water once. The electricity used to reheat your water may be charged at peak rate. To boost your hot water, press and hold button 2 until a countdown (Boost 3, Boost 2, Boost 1) is completed on the display panel.

When the countdown is completed, LC1 will appear on the bottom right of the display panel while your water is heating.

You should not need to press button 2 to boost your hot water if you have an electric hot water heater fitted with automatic reheat.


Scroll and display

Press button 1 to show the next register on the display panel.






Displays Australian Eastern Standard time in a 24 hour format, including hours minutes and seconds.



Displays the current date in a day/month/year format.


Energy consumed (Circuit 1)

Displays the cumulative/total electricity consumption at the main circuit of your premises in kilowatt hours. This circuit generally powers the lights, power points and appliances at your premises.


Energy delivered to grid

If you have solar panels or some other co-generation source, this displays the cumulative/total electricity delivered back into the electricity network from your premises in kilowatt hours. Otherwise it will display a value of zero.


Energy consumed (Circuit 2)

If there is a second circuit at your premises, this displays the cumulative/total electricity consumption of that second circuit in kilowatt hours. This circuit generally powers electric hot water or slab heating. The reading will display a value of zero if you do not have a second circuit.


Test pattern 

This is a test pattern to confirm that the display is showing the correct numbers. All the available LCD characters will appear on this register.