Pay before you use electricity

By Leo
@d_e_v81 (361)
Singapore
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?
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6 responses
• American Samoa
22 Nov 09
is it like in the Mr. Bean show where he needs to put some penny first on the main switch before the light goes in? then if the time expires, the electricity will automatically shuts down hehe~.
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@d_e_v81 (361)
• Singapore
22 Nov 09
Haha! yea now that you mention it, accept that, we gotta purchase credits online.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 09
ahahaha... that's funny! yeah! like that!
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• American Samoa
23 Nov 09
ooh~ the thing i said was so old fashioned XD
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• India
22 Nov 09
I think it is a good scheme but not yet there at my place
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@d_e_v81 (361)
• Singapore
22 Nov 09
Where is your place? Yea it will definitely have benefits but Im sure there will be downfalls as well. Besides the one i mentioned, was hoping that someone would point out a few more. Thanks anyway.
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@ajithlal (14614)
• India
13 Apr 13
It has not come to my place also the prepaid electricity and I think most probably it will come.
• Philippines
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?
@d_e_v81 (361)
• Singapore
24 Nov 09
Im not too sure how it goes. Right now they are having this as an experimental stage for like 6 months with a few participants. I guess they will send you a bill electronically to check your balance. Will letcha know once I learn more. :)
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@danitykane (3191)
• Philippines
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!
@d_e_v81 (361)
• Singapore
22 Nov 09
Agreed! it is still in the experimental stage for the first 6 months though. Still it is exciting to be on the brink of something new. can just see myself goin..."you know when I was young, we paid electric bills every month...." haha!
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• India
4 Jun 12
i agree with u it is best..........but what ......u think about when a poor people will become to afford this scheme...... beacuse acording to u ..those only sufferd who have a money....... it just like simply community scheme buddy?
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@ajithlal (14614)
• India
13 Apr 13
I also think it is good to have prepaid electricity. Now a days the cost of the electricity is getting higher and higher day by day and I hope that the cost of electricity comes down so that everyone can afford it.