Readings and Bills

2016-09-21-22-59-36 Readings are added by selecting the + button.

The date and time defaults to the current date and time, and the reading defaults to the last value entered for the selected meter. Selecting the “Date” row multiple times switches the display between date/time and date/year, the later being useful if you want to enter historical readings from earlier years.

The “Readings” row lets you enter each of your readings (one for all day rates, two for day and night … etc). These need to be added one at a time before saving.

The “Bill” switch lets you associate specific readings with your actual bills (note, it doesn’t submit your readings for you!).

The “New meter” switch is used to reset your readings, useful if you get a replacement meter. Just take a final reading on your old meter, then an initial reading on your new meter, turning on the new meter switch. The app will then ignore the difference between these two readings.

Once you have entered a date and reading(s), select Save. This then gives an option to advance to the next meter, letting you quickly enter all of your meters in one go.

2016-09-21-22-59-46 The readings screen shows a table containing the date and time, usage for each meter reading, as well as an overall usage and cost, including discounts and fixed charges.

Individual readings can be edited (by selecting them) or deleted by selecting the Edit button, the red – (minus) button then Delete.

To add or edit notes per reading, select the blue buttons. Readings with notes are shown with a yellow background.

The period options at the bottom let you view the difference between each reading (the delta symbol), or their daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly equivalents.

The icon at the bottom left lets you view your usage and costs since your last bill or give an estimate of your next bill. You can also choose to view readings between bills only, to check what you are being charged. Readings submitted as bills are shown with a blue date.

The icon at the bottom right lets you export readings as CSV file, for easy import into a spreadsheet.

2016-09-21-23-00-17 Usage and cost since your last bill simply compares the last “bill” reading with the most recent reading.

2016-09-21-23-00-23 To estimate your next bill you need to have at least two “bill” readings. This lets the application work out the period between bills, and therefore when your next bill is expected. Usage is taken up to the point of the most recent reading, and then usage to your next bill date is added using your current level of consumption.