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Pay as you go electricity

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Everything you need to know about getting our cheapest electricity pay as you go prices

What is pay as you go electricity?

Pay as you go electricity is a common way to pay for electricity you use at home and our pay as you go electricity plan is among the cheapest in NI. 

Pay as you go electricity is a prepayment option where you purchase credit and top up your electricity meter by keying in a 20 digit powercode, or by using our Keypad+ app which can send the top up straight to your meter.

There are several locations where you can purchase pay as you go top ups from and these include local shops that are Paypoint outlets, Post Offices, over the phone but also more conveniently you can purchase pay as you you go electricity top ups 24/7 online or using our free smartphone app and new Keypad+ app.

To purchase a pay as you go electricity top up you will need your keypad top up card which carries a 19 digit keypad premise number which is unique to your top up meter. When topping up online, on the app or over the phone you will key in this 19 digit code along with your payment details. With online and app top ups you have the option to store this 19 number along with your payment details so you don’t need to key them in everytime that you need to buy a pay as you go electricity top up. When purchasing a keypad top up at a shop or in the Post Office, you will need to present your keypad top up card.

Once you have purchased your top up, you will receive a powercode. This code needs to be keyed into your top up meter or if you have the Keypad+ app this can automatically send the code to your meter. We are pleased to be the only supplier in NI to offer this unique pay as you go, auto top up option.

Our pay as you go electricity deals fall under the keypad top up plan. If you are interested in getting a keypad installed for your home please get in touch and our team will discuss keypad discount and keypad reward to ensure you are getting the cheapest pay as you go electricity plan available with us. To speak to a member of our customer care team about everything from getting pay as you go electricity set up for your home, to more information about our cheapest electricity prices or find out more about the Keypad+,  then get in touch by completing this contact form or calling us on 03457 455 455.

How can pay as you go electricity save me money?

Keypad pay as you go electricity with us is among one of the cheapest electricity plans in NI. Our pay as you go electricity customers receive 2.5% discount off our standard unit rate. This means you will get discount on every top up and there is no limit to the savings you can make no matter how much electricity you use! 

In addition to discounted electricity, pay as you go customers with us get free electricity thanks to keypad reward. Each time you spend £50 or more when purchasing pay as you go top ups via the app or online, keypad reward will give you an additional £1, £2, £3 or £4 worth of top up credit depending on how much you top up - the more you spend the more free electricity you get!

As with any of our electricity plans, pay as you go electricity customers are not tied into a contract and there are no exit fees or hidden charges, just complete flexibility, convenience and overall value for money.

Pay as you go electricity makes budgeting and saving easy as you always know exactly how many days of credit you have left based on your usage from the previous week. By pressing button 1 on your keypad meter or by checking your Keypad+ app you will be able to see this information.

As a pay as you go customer you can also check how much electricity you have used and how much you have spent in the last day, week and month by simply pressing button 2 on your keypad meter.

Pay as you go electricity customers also have the option to see current electricity use to you can get an estimate of how much certain appliances around the home consume with a reading in kilowatts. Pressing button 6 on your keypad pay as you go meter will display this information to you. 

As well as being one of the cheapest electricity plans in NI, keypad customers are firmly in control of the costs as you top up as and when you need to making it a good option for those wanting to keep track of spend and be more conscious of electricity costs. 

With pay as you go electricity you will never over pay as you will only pay for the exact amount of electricity you use which differs to customers who receive a bill which can sometimes be calculated based on estimated meter readings. 

Pay as you go electricity customers also benefit from extended friendly credit. Firstly if your pay as you go meter is about to run out you can avail of an emergency £1 credit. If your pay as you go meter runs out completely after 4pm on Monday - Friday your supply will continue to 8am the following morning, giving you time to top up. If your supply runs out after 4pm on a Friday your meter will not disconnect until 8am on Monday morning and similarly over bank holidays. 

Pay as you go electricity for convenience and control

Keypad+ is a smart solution that offers pay as you go electricity customers the convenience to top up with a smartphone app that sends the 20 digit powercode straight to the keypad meter! This simple but time saving solution removes the need to manually type in powercodes every time you top up

Using Bluetooth technology we’re enabling pay as you go electricity to be even easier for our customers! A small change is required to your pay as you go meter then all you have to do is download the free Keypad+ app and start saving time with faster and more convenient topping up!

We are delighted to offer Keypad+ exclusively to our pay as you go electricity customers as the only supplier in NI with this option currently available. To find out more and request a Keypad+ meter for your home, get in touch using our online contact form.

Pay as you go electricity online account to manage your energy

Every pay as you go electricity customer has the option to activate Energy Online, which is an online account option where you can view letters, statements, account notifications, top up , store payment details and access Perks. You can register online here or download the app and register now.

Cheapest electricity pay as you go plan

Our cheapest pay as you go electricity plan is Keypad. Every pay as you go Keypad customer gets 2.5% discount off our standard unit rate*.

Pay as you go electricity customers can also enjoy free electricity with Keypad Reward. Free electricity is added to every online or app top up over £50 in amounts of either £1, £2, £3 or £4 - the more you spend the more free electricity you can get!

If you would like to find out more about pay as you go electricity as a cheaper option for your home then get in touch with our team who will be happy to explain more about Keypad Discount and Keypad Reward. To get in touch you can complete our online contact form to book a call back with one of our energy experts.

What are the benefits of pay as you go electricity?

Pay as you go electricity offers one of the cheapest electricity plans in Northern Ireland. Benefits of being a pay as you go electricity customer include:

  • You are in control of your costs - Spend only as and when you need to
  • You will never overpay - No estimates, only pay for the exact amount of electricity used
  • You will get discount off every unit - As a Keypad pay as you go electricity customer with us you’ll get 2.5%* discount off every unit of electricity, with no limits or caps no matter how much electricity you use
  • You can pay in your way - Top up at shops, over the phone at the Post Office or online, on the app or Keypad+ app available 24/7 and you won’t even need to leave the house
  • You can avoid running up unexpected bills - Always know how much you’re using, how much you’ve spent and how much credit you have remaining with handy keypad meter or Keypad+ app functions 
  • You can get free electricity - By topping up online or via the app, £50 or more
  • Emergency credit and extended friendly credit available - So that you don’t run out or that have some extra time to top up when you need it
  • You can save time on topping up -  Keypad+ sends your pay as you go powercode straight to your meter via Bluetooth, no more need to manually enter it saving you time and effort!

How to get pay as you go electricity

To enjoy all the benefits of being a pay as you go electricity customer, you can switch to our Keypad Discount plan if you are an existing customer or if switching to us from another supplier.
 

Already a customer?

Speak to our energy experts team about changing your plan to Keypad by booking a call back online. If you are currently a customer who pays by bill we can arrange to have your credit meter changed to a pay as you go electricity meter. This work will be carried out by NIE Networks and our team can refer your request for you. 

Not a customer? 

You can switch to our cheapest pay as you go electricity plan online now! Or if you would prefer to find out more about whether this convenient and cost efficient solution is suitable for your home, you can book a call back request and a member of our team will be happy to explain everything in more detail.

Choose Keypad+

Whether you are a current pay as you go electricity customer or you want to switch from another supplier, Keypad+ is an option available to help save you time and offer greater convenience and control. Using Bluetooth technology powercodes can be purchased on a handy smartphone app and sent automatically to your pay as you go meter as well as offering you the ability to check important information about usage and costs on your app.  Find out more about upgrading to Keypad+ here.

*Keypad customers receive 2.5% discount off the Power NI standard unit rate. Keypad customers do not receive any additional discount for activating Energy Online. Keypad customers can avail of Keypad Reward by topping up online or via the Power NI App. To view Power NI standard rates please visit our plans & prices page.