ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Advice On The Gas and Electricity Prepayment Meter

Updated on June 9, 2013

A gas and an electricity prepayment meter used to be more costly to the budget than that of payment from the conventional bill or direct debit.

Energy pre-paid or pay as you go keys and cards are now priced as competitively as these normal tariffs.

Gone are the days of over charging poor people for paying for their electricity and gas. Good news eh?

Now that the economic climate are forcing more and more people to be especially prudent, it could be the right time in helping yourself to budget.

Requesting a free gas and electricity prepayment meter could be the answer you have been waiting for.

If so, don’t let this article pass you by!

The Energy Ombudsman Drives Down The Price Of The Prepayment Meter!

The Energy Ombudsman for gas and electric has stepped in and enforced energy companies to treat pay as you go or prepayment meters as any other tariff. Essentially, you pay the same as everyone else does and will no longer be penalised for keeping a reign on your energy expenditure!

Budgeting Made Easier With A Gas and Electricity Prepayment Meter

Now, in this budgeting quest for gas and electricity, the Energy Company provides you with a key or card. All you need to do is go to a newsagent, convenient story or petrol station displaying the yellow and purple logo. I have a picture to demonstrate what to look out for – see below! Add credit from £1 to £250 with cash or a credit/debit card and this amount will charge your key or card. When you take it home, all you need to do is place your key or card in the prepayment meter and this will be added in the form of credit to your gas and/or electric meter.

Shop Around For The Cheapest and Best Companies For Pay As You Go Meters

It is of course essential that you shop around for the cheapest and best energy companies for these pay as you go meters. There are some Companies that might charge you an additional administration charge. These are termed ‘back charges’ – so keep an eye out for this key phrase when you are searching - forewarned is forearmed!

It is advisable to take a look at each company individually, to see what they have to offer, but most of the bigger energy companies have abolished this practice.

At the bottom of this article (resource box), I have placed a link for you, providing the best deals available for these energy prepayment meters. However, I will warn you that most energy companies tend to give discounts for direct debit. However, it is still better than ever to have a pay as you go meter installed, especially when you are paying the same tariff charges as everyone else!

A Gas And Electricity Prepayment Meter Free Installation

A gas and electricity prepayment meter is easily installed. Once you have chosen the best energy company and tariffs that are right for you – the energy company do the rest. This can be from changing one supplier to another and organising the work that will be carried out.

Not only this, the installation is free! The engineer just swaps over the meters – no mess and no worries. I was actually quite amazed at how easy the whole process is and how well the system operates. There is even an emergency facility on the key or card, just in case you get caught out and run out of credit! It is great to help people buy some time until you can get to the shops when you are able to top up the key or card!

The Benefits Of A Prepayment Meter Deserves An Ombudsman Thumbs Up!

Well there you have it! The benefits of a gas and electricity prepayment meter has some great positives! I must say that I have been very impressed in how effective and easy this system is for people. I disapproved of pay as you go energy meters a few months ago but now that tariffs are as cheap as other methods, I now endorse and value them. They really are helpful and thumbs up to the energy ombudsman for making this a cost effective option for service users!

© This work is covered under Creative Commons License

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

Resource Box

For your convenience, there is a link to a list of Companies that have membership to the Ombudsman:

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Exactly LadyE - the power is all yours - literally!

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Great Idea and thanks for the useful info. This way gas companies can't over bill us "as they do".

      Best Wishes. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Wayne. What really annoyed me, before the Ombudsman forced the issue, people on a low income were penalised on a prepayment meter tariff. It is these people that need the additional tools to help make their money spin! I would not have recommended prepayment meters before the reduction in tariff, but now it really is worth it!

      Thanks for your valuable addition to this article :)

    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I already have prepayment meters and when I move from this stinking privately rented house into a nice and tidy council house soon I'll get the prepayment meters again.

      Paying for what you use is best and it definitely does work out cheaper.

      In fact I pay my tv license with a card that spreads out the cost over the whole year and my internet and phone and sky is all in so I save money on them too.

      Saving money is cool, especially since I can spend it all on I mean my wife and kids!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)