How do I get my prepayment emergency credit?

Electricity meters and emergency credit
When your electricity meter beeps, or if you've got less than £1 of credit left. At this point, we can give you £5 emergency credit. To get your emergency credit, just insert your key into the meter and it will transfer your £5 credit.
We won't cut you off at night, even if you run out of credit.
Friendly meter times are 6pm-9am in winter and 7pm-10am in the summer. This is where you’ll still get electricity even if you run out of credit and your meter will collect the value of energy used when you next top up.

Gas meters and emergency credit

When your gas meter beeps, or if you've got less than £2 of credit left. At this point, we can give you £5 emergency credit. To get your emergency credit, just pop your card in the meter and press the red button ‘A’.

Find out more about prepayment emergency credit or contact us for more help.

How do I put money on my meter?

You can put money on your key or card at any service station or shop where you see the PayPoint or Payzone signs, or at all participating Post Offices. You can find your nearest store to top up by using our prepayment store locator tool.

Once you've found your nearest top up point just follow these steps to add new credit to your prepayment meter.

  • Hand over your key or card to the shop assistant and ask for a top up to the value you want. You can only top up in full pounds.
  • Once you've paid, they'll take your key or card, pop it in their machine and add your new credit. Please make sure you keep your receipt.
  • When you insert your key or card into your meter at home your credit will be transferred.

I need a new prepayment key or card, what should I do?

If you lose your key or card, have it stolen, or think it’s missing in the post, you’ll need to get in touch. We’ll check shops in your area to see if you can pick a new one up from there (you can do this at most shops with a PayPoint or Payzone sign). We’ll give you an activation code and you can use this to pick one up after two hours.

To get a new card you can fill in our online form.

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My key or card isn't working and it isn't transferring a balance to my meter, what can I do?

If you've put money on your key or card but this isn’t transferring onto your meter:

  • Check the key or card is inserted properly
  • Try wiping the device with a clean dry cloth and then re-insert the key or card

If it still doesn't work please contact us.

Can I change my prepayment meter and have a credit meter installed instead?

For us to make a decision on removing your prepayment meters we need to carry out a credit check with you. If this is successful then we can usually arrange for an engineer to visit your property within 10-14 working days. We do not charge any fees for changing your meter and we’ll discuss different payment options and tariffs available once the meter has been changed. You can also find a full range of our credit meter tariffs here.

In order to carry out the credit check we need to speak to you directly. Please contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

How does my electricity meter collect debt and standing charge?

Your electricity meter collects a standing charge and any debt on a daily basis even if no electricity has been used. Please make sure that enough credit is put on the meter to cover these charges. If you don't your meter will go into debt which will be collected the next time you put money on your meter.

How does my gas meter collect what I owe?

Your meter will first check to see if anything is owed before giving you credit for gas. If you have a weekly repayment rate the meter will take this amount from your first top up after a Wednesday morning each week.

I have a prepayment meter, but I think the balance is incorrect?

If you think the debt or credit is incorrect:

  • Make a note of the balance on your meter, a meter reading and when you last topped up
  • Check to see if your payments are showing on a recent statement
  • Find a receipt from when you topped up as this will help us find these payments
  • Contact us with the information so we can check your account

I have a prepayment meter, why do I have an outstanding debt or credit?

Prepayment accounts can show an outstanding debt or credit for the following reasons:

  • If your meter readings have been estimated
  • Your payments haven’t been added to your account
  • You’ve previously been sent a refund in error
  • If an incorrect amount was set to collect on your meter
  • Your meter may not have the correct prices
  • You're using another suppliers key or card

How to join E.ON as a prepayment customer?

So that we can switch you over to our prepayment tariff, we’ll need to start by asking you a few quick questions. You can join us online, or if you’d prefer to talk to someone about switching to us, call us on 0345 303 3040.

I think my meter is taking too much money. What can I do?

You may notice that you need to put more money in your meter over the winter period as you turn on your lights, heating and other appliances more often. If you'd like some information about ways you can lower the amount of money you put in your meter by reducing the energy you use, you can find useful tips on our saving energy pages.

If you owe any money that you're paying through your meter, you'll need to pay the weekly fixed amount plus the energy used in your home. If you don’t top up one week your meter will take more next time.

If you’re concerned that your meter is still taking too much money, please take the settings from your meter and contact us. We can then check that your meter is set correctly for you.

Can I use my friend's card to top up my credit?

Please don’t use anyone else's key or card to buy energy. If you put money on another person's card or key, that payment goes to their account not yours, meaning your account will go into debt.

What if I don't top up my gas meter every week?

It’s part of your agreement to top up your meter with credit every week even if you aren’t using energy. This is to ensure that your debt is repaid in line with your repayment agreement.

What if I can't get to a shop to top up?

Don’t worry, for emergencies your meter will make £5 available to you (your emergency credit). You’ll need to pay this back when you next top up. If you want to use your emergency credit and you’ve got less than £2 left; put your card in the meter then press the red button ‘A’.

If I'm repaying a debt through my meter how do I check my weekly collection rate?

Press and hold the red button on your meter until it beeps, your meter setting screens should now be showing. Keep pressing the red button and the number in the bottom corner of the screen will change. Your collection rate is shown on screen 26. This amount is taken on your first top up after each Wednesday.

How do I check how much I owe for emergency credit and my standing charge if I've used my emergency credit?

Press the red button once (without holding it down) this will show your “owed” screen. This is how much you owe the meter for your emergency credit and standing charge.

Why am I still getting bills when I have a prepayment meter?

We still have to send you a statement at least once a year, to show you the charges for any energy used, and also details of any payments made to your account.