Top 5 Ways You Can Help our Meter Readers Stay Safe in Your Yard
April 24, 2017
Meter readers aren’t just an important part of our business, their work helps to make sure your bills are accurate. Their jobs can be tough – bad weather, barking dogs and obstacles in the yard are all things that meter readers face every day.
Someone from SaskPower reads your meter once every three months if you live in a city or large town, or once a year if you live in a rural area. To make it safer for meter readers to do their job when they come to your home or business, please consider the following tips.
Dogs in your yard
We love dogs, but they can be anxious when someone they don’t know comes into their backyard. No matter how friendly your dog is, it needs to be leashed or better yet, kept inside when our meter reader is on the premise. If your dog is regularly kept in your yard, consider reading your own meter and submitting the reading online. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.
Keep the area around your meter clear
Bikes, ladders, tools—whatever you have back there, please remember to keep it away from your meter. Our readers must be able to access your meter at all times. If you have a locked gate, lawnmower or something else blocking the meter reader, he or she will leave a card in your mailbox for you to fill out. If the meter is not read by us or you, we’ll base your bill on an estimate from last year. Sometimes that number can be higher than what you’ve actually used. It’s better in the long run if your meter is regularly read by you or one of our readers.
Also please remember that sometimes tools like shovels or rakes can get buried in snow or leaves. Invisible items like this are dangerous, especially when they cross the path to the meter. Make sure your yard is clear before the snow comes in the fall.
Help us avoid cold-weather injuries
Sometimes it’s not just stuff that can pose a safety risk for meter readers—it’s also the weather. Use sand or ice melt on icy sidewalks, and remove icicles hanging over meters outside. Please also clear ice and snow away from gates, stairs and doors.
Don’t forget the indoor meters
Indoor meters also need to be free of clutter. If your meter is in a basement or storage room, be sure to keep clutter away from the meter with a clear path so we can get to it.
Submit your own meter reading
The best way to keep your monthly bill as accurate as possible is to submit your own meter reading. This will help minimize the difference between our estimates and actual reads, and it will help you understand and reduce your own power consumption.
You can submit your meter reading several ways:
- Online through our Submit My Meter Reading form.
- Through your secure online account.
- From your mobile device through the SaskPower App.
- Over the phone by calling 1(888)757-6937.
"No matter how friendly your dog is, it needs to be leashed or better yet, kept inside when our meter reader is on the premise."
"Our readers must be able to access your meter at all times. If you have a locked gate, lawnmower or something else blocking the meter reader, he or she will leave a card in your mailbox for you to fill out."
"The best way to keep your monthly bill as accurate as possible is to submit your own meter reading."