Pay before you use electricity
November 22, 2009 3:24am CST
Do you have such a scheme in your country? We are trying it out here and I have a few concerns. If the poor here cant pay for a certain month, will the supply be cut off immediately or will they be given a grace period? Even those who can afford it, I guesss they will be on the edge every month lest their electriity gets cut off. A prepaid system also saves on hiring staff to read the meters in homes. We can pay for the electric credits online and it is just a matter of topping it up every month. This is just a 6 month experiment here. Do you think it is a good idea?
23 Nov 09
Hi. I think prepaid electricity system is very good. This could allow households to effectively budget their monthly consumption. I just have one question though, how do you monitor the available balance? Is it like prepaid cellphone or internet cards in which you can check the balance by checking it online or by calling the networks' customer service hotline?
22 Nov 09
Hmmm... It is like a "prepaid" electricity. Here in my country we have a monthly bill that was regularly sent after a month of consuming electricity. I find it good although, I cannot budget or calculate how much electricity to consume in a month. I think the positive point of having that system(prepaid) is that, you can allocate how much energy to use and with that you can save money. I think your scheme is good...it's just the immediate cut of power supply is the down fall. I just hope they will give some good option for those people who cannot pay in advance. Like a longer grace period. Happy Lotting!