Not sure how to phrase the question so, please, feel free to edit. Preferably without biting my head off. :)

I'm looking for the (technically) correct term to describe the box that delivers electricity to a home or workplace.

I've found "fuse box" and "electricity plant" but those are not quite correct. I'm looking for the correct name describing the boxy thingy that (formerly) had a rotating disc counting the kilowatt consumption, the reading of which is used for invoicing.

If there's a difference, I'd prefer US version but it's definitely not a requirement.


One of these...

Electricity meter

...is an electricity meter. It appears to be the same in the US as well as the UK.

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    +1, but the whole panel might be called a distribution board. – Barrie England Dec 3 '13 at 10:11
  • +1 This is precisely what I'm looking for. And I can't believe it was that easy. Is there perhaps another name for the contraption as well? Something more technical and formal? – Konrad Viltersten Dec 3 '13 at 10:32
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    You might call it an inductive meter or induction meter as it uses induction to turn the disc which turns the dials, but normally no: it's just a meter. – Andrew Leach Dec 3 '13 at 10:44
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    In the US, it is much more commonly called electric meter – bib Dec 3 '13 at 13:26

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