prepayment meter


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prepayment meter

A coin-operated water or gas meter; dispenses a fixed quantity of fluid after the money is inserted.
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Following changes to Ofgem's price caps, SSE Energy Services will be making changes to its standard variable tariff and prepayment meter energy prices.
His prepayment meter was loaded with debt and charging him at the wrong rate.
The firm's prepayment meter prices will also jump by an average PS106 a year.
Old-fashioned power theft became a thing of the past, as experts hail the prepayment meter system code as preventive to stealing electricity from homes.
More than 2,700 vulnerable people died in the West Midlands last winter from causes directly attributable to cold and poor living conditions; as shocking as this is, it is just the tip of the iceberg - over the last two years the number of households in fuel poverty has increased from over 500,000 to over 700,000 in the West Midlands, only having warmth a few days in a week because the money they have to put on their prepayment meter runs out.
Audrey Gallacher, of watchdog Consumer Focus, welcomed the move, adding: "For a long time prepayment meter customers suffered the double whammy of high prices and reduced choice."
Almost a third of households overall (31%) said their bill was higher than expected, but this figure rose to more than half among those who pay by cash, cheque or prepayment meter, with many in this group on low incomes.
Other conditions for the package include the alteration of house or dwelling in order for the prepayment meter to be installed and that the meter may not trip on overload.
Householders would be able to see their energy consumption in "real time" and use meters to pinpoint higher than average energy use, with prepayment meter users able to top up their payments by sending text messages and using the internet.
I used to rent a flat with a prepayment meter and I probably spent twice as much on power as any of my friends in a similar flat with a conventional meter.