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Can my prepayment meter help me to budget and save money?

Summary

  • Some prepayment meters can help you budget - by letting you choose to use a small amount of your credit at a time, and save the rest for later.
  • You'll have a white or grey button on your electricity meter if you have the Budget function.
  • You'll have a black button on your gas meter if you have the Budget function.
  • If you're struggling to pay your energy bills, you might like to find out how to cut your energy costs – read our Energy Efficiency Guide. You can also find out if you're eligible for extra support – fill out a quick form to see what help is available.
  • This information is for prepayment meters only; it's not for pay-as-you-go smart meters.

How do I use the budget function on my electricity prepayment meter?

If your electricity meter has the budget function, it'll have a white or grey budget button.

Here's how to use it:

1. Top up your key in the usual way, and put it into your meter.
2. Press the budget button, until you see the amount of credit you want to release.
3. Once you've used up this credit, your electricity supply will stop.
4. Put your key back into your meter to release the rest of your credit, and start your electricity again.

You can repeat these steps if you only want to release small amounts of your remaining credit each time.

How do I use the budget function on my gas prepayment meter?

If your gas meter has the budget function, it'll have a black budget button.

Here's how to use it:

1. Top up your card in the usual way, and put it into your meter.
2. Press the black budget button once to release £1 of credit; twice to release £2 of credit; three times to release £3 of credit; and so on.
3. Once you've used up this credit, your gas supply will stop.
4. Put your card back into your meter to release the rest of your credit, and start your gas again.

You can repeat these steps if you only want to release small amounts of your remaining credit each time.