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How to name stuff that measures water and electricity, gas (whatever...) usage in your house? Is there any term to name them all together?

Need common term, e.g. "domestic meters"

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    Perhaps water meter/gas meter/electricity meter May 19, 2016 at 15:45
  • @MorganFR, domestic measuring devices? May 19, 2016 at 15:46
  • We usually talk about domestic energy/power/water consumption. I suppose it all falls under "domestic consumption" category. However, I don't see how you could measure it since they all use a different unit of measurement that are measured by different meters.
    – MorganFR
    May 19, 2016 at 15:47
  • @CathyGartaganis, you name them one by one, need common term, e.g. "domestic meters" May 19, 2016 at 15:48

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You could consider using utility meter which includes:

Electricity meter, gas meter, water meter, heat meter

You can visit the above Wikipedia link and see what it is.

Edit after @Ben Kovitz and @Zach Lipton's comments:

I think most fluent speakers wouldn't typically use the term "utility meter" and might not even think of it. But "utility meter" follows common patterns of phrase-coining so well that a fluent speaker easily understands the distinction it draws.

I think most speakers would generally refer to a specific type of utility meter, such as a "water meter" or "electric meter." The term "utility meter" isn't that commonly used because it's pretty rare to need to talk about them as a group.

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    Could you add some kind of note that "utility meter" is not a commonly used term but any fluent speaker would understand it without difficulty? I think most fluent speakers have never used or even encountered the term "utility meter" and would have considerable difficulty thinking of it. (I was unable to think of an answer to this question other than "meter".) But "utility meter" follows common patterns of phrase-coining so well that a fluent speaker easily understands the distinction it draws. This might also help teach the phrasal grammar of English.
    – Ben Kovitz
    May 20, 2016 at 7:57
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    I think most speakers would generally refer to a specific type of utility meter, such as a "water meter" or "electric meter." The term "utility meter" isn't that commonly used because it's pretty rare to need to talk about them as a group unless you happen to work for a company that makes the things or something similar. May 20, 2016 at 8:23
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    I can't agree with the strong disclaimer. This is a common term. There is a wikipedia article for it, even. Check out Google Ngram. It's true that it's not as common as the individual names, but it's wrong to imply that it's somehow a new term which happens to follow a pattern.
    – mattdm
    May 20, 2016 at 14:22
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    I would use utility meter if I didn't know what kind of meter it was, for example "I liked everything about the last house we looked at, except for that big utility meter right in the middle of the yard."
    – ColleenV
    May 20, 2016 at 16:35
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    @mattdm Some results from Google Books: "gas meter", 234,000; "water meter", 210,000; "electric meter", 84,800; "utility meter", 10,100. Beware arguments from statistics! (Including Google Books.) Note also that having a Wikipedia article is weak evidence that a term is common; consider, for example, viviparity, which has 33,000 results on Google Books. And check out this Google Ngram.
    – Ben Kovitz
    May 20, 2016 at 18:01
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I think you're thinking of meter. An electricity meter may look like this:

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From Macmillan Dictionary:

meter
NOUN
[countable] a piece of equipment for measuring how much of something such as gas, electricity, or water you have used
an electricity meter
Someone from the gas company came to read the meter (=to check how much gas has been used).

Some useful related terms (besides utility meters, which is already mentioned in another answer) are smart meters, telemetry, telemeters, metering, telemetering. The term used by the original poster himself, domestic meter, is also in use (also related: domestic variable-rate meters, in-house meters, etc.).

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  • Need common term, e.g. "domestic meters" May 19, 2016 at 15:49
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    I would simply use "meter". (Of course utility meter is not wrong, and sounds a bit more specific. Then again, while meter may include all kinds of meters, it's not wrong either.) May 19, 2016 at 15:49
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    Interesting that you say "electricity meter." I usually hear it as electric meter or water meter, but that may be a regionalism.
    – J.R.
    May 19, 2016 at 16:01
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    @IvanGerasimenko In context, "meter" is a generic term for the electric meter, gas meter, etc. For example, there is a job called "meter reader", which doesn't specify which type of meter that the person reads. To be completely clear, "utility meter" is probably best but seldom necessary, and most people have never heard of it. See also the principle of long and short forms here.
    – Ben Kovitz
    May 20, 2016 at 7:17
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    @J.R. - In Australia we say "electricity meter". It measures usage of electricity, not usage of electric. When I hear "electric meter" I think of a meter that is powered by electricity, in the same sense that an "electric car" is powered by electricity rather than petrol.
    – nnnnnn
    May 23, 2016 at 12:47
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I personally would use the term metering devices to name them altogether.

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    Why not just "meters"? May 19, 2016 at 18:46
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    It does avoid some ambiguity, especially for metric users: "I have 3 meters at my house" <-- 3 meters of what? Fabric? Cable?
    – Blorgbeard
    May 20, 2016 at 2:07
  • @Blorgbeard - String. I have three metres of string. Everybody knows that.
    – nnnnnn
    May 23, 2016 at 12:44

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