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Is it worth converting to prepaid electricity?

My current bill reflects these charges: R730 for electricity, R58.00 for a 'network charge (whats this?), R215.54 Service Charge (again, wth?), Demand Side levy R24.009and yet again, wth?). Will all these additional charges fall away if I convert? 35 mths ago - -52 min left to vote.

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I honestly do think so based on people I know that have pre-paid!!

35 mths ago

The diff between prepaid and conventional elec is the monthly service fee - that falls away when you go prepaid. But there is a potential catch. Check the unit cost in your area for conventional and prepaid elec. Some municipalities charge more per unit for prepaid, and it can actually cost you more. I have prepaid - our municipality charges the same rate for prepaid and conventional.

35 mths ago

like Flinkflerie said, check the rates 1st, by us pre paid is quite a few cents more per unit, but then you save the R250 +/- service charge, it is like buying a diesel vehicle vs petrol, more expensive to buy but cheaper to run. then it will depend on the distance you travel per month... i'm considering switching over to pre paid to rid myself from the service charge. my electricity is about R300 and then the service charge gets added on. so just like the diesel i have to calculate, R2500 for the box + installation vs how many rands i save per month (-service charge +more expensive unit cast x average units used) up till now i just dont know where i'm going to put the meter box and a quick estimation of my costs reveal that i will not be saving a big bag of dough.

35 mths ago

We have it in the shop. We discovered that the lesw units one buys, the less you pay. I used to buy R800 worth every time I needed electricity. Ben now buys R200 at a time....the garage is very close to us, and true as Bob, we are paying less. Definately much less than at home. We also want to install it at home.

35 mths ago

I use to have pre-paid power in my previous house, I saved alot of money. It just a issue to get again, but if you can get go for it!!!!!

35 mths ago

The upside of prepaid is that you wont get an amazingly high electric account out of the blue as some of us have.

35 mths ago

The pros are that you control your electricity budget there is no meter reading person entering your property. The only con is that you have a certain time in which to use the electricity you can not stock pile when the price increases. Then there times when the municipality has been off line.We have had it installed about twelve years ago and have not regretted it.

35 mths ago

We have prepaid meters in our shops and this is so much better, as we do not have to worry about getting payment from tenants. At our house it also helps us to save, so my wife says.

35 mths ago

YES!!!! We did it and will never look back. We were being billed R1500 every month and the house was EMPTY! We weren't living there yet so they just thumb sucked a figure each month, and we also got a R3500 "amount" added to the bill for a "security deposit" which we still do not know what that was for because neither did city power...

35 mths ago

I certainly think so. In the mall where we used to be we were charged R1800.00 per month for electricity, now i have a pre paid meter and we use R1000.00 per month.

35 mths ago

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