How to change prepayment meter to a standard energy meter

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How to change prepayment meter to a standard energy meter

Given the current climate and worries about the costs associated with energy bills right now, it is worth researching whether switching from a prepayment or credit meter to a standard meter can save you money on your fuel bills.  Unfortunately, cheaper energy tariffs offered by some suppliers are not usually made available to prepayment customers.  Now has never been a better time to look into this to see if you can save money with your fuel bills this winter.  So, how to change prepayment meter to a standard energy meter?

If your home has a prepayment meter, you may be paying higher prices for your fuel.  You cannot switch to a different provider using a comparison site because the process is more involved (a new credit meter would need to be installed in your home).  You may also need to pay a fee to have a new meter installed.

The best thing to do right now is to work out whether this will actually save you money.

Ofgem have launched a getting help if you cannot pay for your energy bills for those on standard and prepayment meters.  Click here for more information.

Follow our guide:

  1. Contact your existing supplier to find out whether you can switch to a standard meter.
  2. Your supplier will run a credit check on you, then they will decide whether or not they believe you will be able to keep up with the payments.
  3. If you are successful, your supplier may charge you a fee to remove your prepayment meter and install a new standard meter.  The process can take up to two to three weeks.
  4. If you are unsuccessful, you may need to look at your credit score and make changes to it.  For guidance, click here.

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