How to Stop Electric Meters

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How to Stop Electric Meters
Turn off the main power switch and you can stop your electric meter. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Electric meters are set to accurately measure the amount of electrical energy used in your home. When electrical items are on; the meter registers the usage. Rerouting or bypassing your electric meter is illegal, there may be an occasion when you need to stop the electric meter. For example, if you sell your house without turning off the electricity, the meter will continue to record the electricity being used. Stopping your electric meter ensures that these electrical items in won't operate.

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  1. 1

    Open the door panel where your electric meter is housed. Your meter is usually near the first entry point to your home, or occasionally may be on an outside wall of your house.

  2. 2

    Examine the electric meter. You will see cables going into the meter (usually at the top left-hand side) and also cables extending from your meter to your fuse box (next to or near the meter). Identify the cables that go into your meter; not the ones to your fuse box.

  3. 3

    Follow the cables that go into your electric meter. You should find a fairly large switch or handle. The switch or handle turns on and off the electricity supply to your meter.

  4. 4

    Turn the switch to the "off" position, or move the handle to the "off" position. The positions are clearly marked.

  5. 5

    Turning on a light switch to verify that the meter has been stopped. Close the door panel housing your electric meter.

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