Pay as you go meters - top up your gas and electricity from home

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Pay as you go meters: top up your gas and electricity from home

Keeping track of your family’s energy usage can be tricky. While some of us are very conscientious about switching off lights and televisions when no-one is in the room, other members of the family, especially the ones without the responsibility of paying the bills, may have a more relaxed attitude.

To help make things easier we’ve introduced pay as you go meters. These meters allow you to pay for your gas and electric before you use it, making them a great way to manage the cost of your energy supply. They can also help you out if you are struggling to get back on top of all your weekly or monthly outgoings. 

If you do decide to have a pay as you go meter installed then we will provide you with all the information you need. We’ll give you full instructions on how to use your new device and will usually install the meter for free. Our Pay As You Go Energy tariff comes with a daily standing charge and a single unit rate to make it easier to understand how much you’re paying.

Here are the five main advantages to Pay as you go:

Helps you keep on top of your gas and electricity spend

The chance to pay on a weekly rather than a monthly or quarterly basis

An optional, tailored to you, debt-repayment scheme

Automatic meter resetting

A huge range of payment outlets and charging facilities

The main benefit of installing this type of meter is that you’re able to keep track of how much you’re spending. Gas prices and electricity prices are something we all need to be aware of and perhaps it might be more helpful to pay as you go in more manageable chunks, so that you’re not hit with unexpected bills. 

Sometimes, if customers owe us money and are unable to clear the debt through other repayment plans, we may suggest installing a prepayment meter. This means you can pay the money you owe at a fixed amount each week. 

There will be times when your meter will need resetting. Either we can calibrate your meter for you at an arranged time, or it can be done automatically. 

You can find out your nearest PayPoint facility on our website and you can also buy credit for your gas and electricity supply from payzone and the Post Office. 

We’re always trying to offer you the best payment option to suit your needs. So if you think that a pay as you go meter might be the best way to pay for your energy, then why not call us on 0800 048 0303. We’re full of bright ideas when it comes to saving energy and reducing your bills.

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8 Comments

Natalija

I move in new property and have problem top up repayment?All credit in meter to pay and i have all check.I can to receive money back? Thank you.

Michael Barrow

I have a pay-as-you-go meter and, although I am yet to check it daily, suspect that I am debited for other charges at certain time(s) of the month. I had a £15 credit over Xmas week during which time my home was empty. On checking on 1/1/14 the credit was £4. Are other debits taken like this? P.S. I have a brand new meter.

mr rj wicks

Please can you send a new pay as you go card. as wee have no gas for the last 4year because. our wiltshire co unty coucil has cap it off untill we get a new top up card so wee can put money on for them to do their gas check acc no. 850029595990 address 25. ba14 7qa my phone no is. 075 1250 1350

gas card does not work at many outlets

please could you send me a replacement card for my gas meter, as i a can not get one from any outlet where i live. my card only works at one outlet which is a mile from home,which is quite a walk there and back, where as with a new card i could top it up over the road at the local shop, i have never had a new card for the meter as the previously people left me theirs, and i have also e-mailed you about this problem before.thank you.

jennie seabrook

I would like a gas and electric meter installed to pay as you go with a key rather than receive bills etc. The address is a first floor flat in Elthruda road , London se13 6sr. I presently pay to Scotish power £180 per month via direct debit and want to change supplier and install a meter that can be topped up with credit bought via postoffice etc. When can this be completed and installed and is it free of charge? thank you Jennie seabrook

S k dhilon

I am a landlord. I have 4 flats and 4 seperate gas meters (credit)which I'd like to change to pay as you go meters. I also only have 1 electric meter for the whole house and want to install 4 seperate electric pay as you go on key meters for each flat. I've contacted national grid after I was advised to by your staff but they said they only come out if there's a leak or there's no gas. Please help. I'm being sent round in circles and want to book an appointment for installation. On Mondays or Tuesdays. Thanks 07534407015

MISS S OLSEN

I AM NOT VERY HAPPY AS A FIFTY YEAR OLD LADY WHO DOSENT NO VERY MUCH ABOUT COMPUTERS HAS SPENT AN HOUR TRYING TO A FREIND WHO AS DEBT WITH BRITISH GAS HE IS HAVING THIRTY FIVE POUNDS A WEEK TO GET EIGHT POUND CREDIT ENOUGH TO HAVE A SHOWER AND COOK FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS IS THIS WRITE FOR SME ONE WHO HAS PAID ALL THERE LIFE AND NOT ASKED FOR ANY THING BACK

Geraldine Clarke

Have tried to phone but high rate of calls would like a pay as you go gas and electric meters can you help