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A Pay As You Go meter allows you to pay for your gas and electricity as you use it. You won't receive a bill from us, so it's a simple way to pay for your energy.
It helps you to budget for your energy use, and you can see how much energy you use on a daily basis. We'll still send you a statement each year so you can keep an eye on how much you've used.
If you have any outstanding debt from your past energy bills, we can add this to the Pay As You Go meter and spread it out into affordable weekly repayments.
It's easy to keep your meter topped up. All you need to do is take your electricity key or gas card to your nearest PayPoint or Post Office.
It's important to keep your gas and electricity meter topped up, or your supply may stop unexpectedly. You'll have emergency credit on your meter, in case you're not able to top up your meter straight away. When you next top up your meter, you'll need to buy enough credit to repay any emergency credit you've used, as well as covering your everyday usage.
One more thing to do before you go – check your meter to make sure you've got enough credit to last until you get back! Even if you've turned all your appliances off, the meter will still collect the daily standing charge and any weekly repayments towards any outstanding balance you may owe.
Make sure you've also got enough credit for appliances you have left on, such as your fridge and freezer. If you run out, there'll be nobody home to start the emergency credit. And nobody wants to come home to a defrosted freezer!
We send a yearly statement to show how much gas or electricity you've used. These are sent out for information only. If you receive a bill which isn't an annual statement, please call us on 0800 980 0414 for electricity or 0800 980 0427 for gas and we'll be happy to help.
We don't currently offer this facility, however it will be available with the introduction of Pay As You Go smart meters.
Check out our prices page for our current prices.
Take a look at our page about removing a Pay As You Go meter to see if it's the best option for you.
Take a look at our page about getting a Pay As You Go meter to see if it's right for you.
Each type of Pay As You Go meter is slightly different. Some meters have one screen for the meter readings and one for your payments and prices. Other meters have a digital display where you scroll through the information by pressing a button. If you're unsure about what the information on your meter means then call us on 0800 980 0414 for electricity and 0800 980 0427 for gas and we'll be happy to help.
Please note: If you have a Green Deal agreement in place, any prices or discounts quoted do not include your Green Deal payments.
Electricity: 0800 980 0414Gas: 0800 980 0427Moving home: 0800 980 2481
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SSE and Southern Electric are trading names of: SSE Energy Supply Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 03757502 (Supply of Electricity, Home Phone, Broadband and Feed in Tariffs); Southern Electric Gas Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 02716495 (Supply of Gas); SSE Water Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 06021063 (Supply of Water); SSE Home Services Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC292102 (Heating & Wiring, Shield Care & Servicing, Gas Installations & Eco); SSE Energy Solutions Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC386054 (Energy Efficiency Installations & Insulation Products); SSE Green Deal Provider Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC432920 (Green Deal scheme); SSE Retail Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC213458 (Retail Appliances) All members of the SSE Group
The Registered Office of SSE Energy Supply Limited, Southern Electric Gas Limited & SSE Water Limited is 55 Vastern Road Reading Berkshire RG1 8BU
The Registered Office of SSE Home Services Limited, SSE Energy Solutions Limited, SSE Green Deal Provider Limited & SSE Retail Limited is Inveralmond House 200 Dunkeld Road Perth PH1 3AQ
SSE Energy Supply Limited, SSE Water Limited, SSE Home Services Limited, SSE Green Deal Provider Limited and SSE Retail Limited are all authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for certain consumer credit activities.