The only dials you need to be concerned with when reading your meter are the large dials with numbers on them. On your gas meter, refer to the four large dials. Read the dials from left to right, and write down the lowest number the hand of each dial has passed. That gives you the current reading on your meter. Other dials on the meter are for the natural gas company’s use when testing the meter for accuracy. To determine how much gas you've used, subtract the previous month's reading, shown on your bill, from the current reading.