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PAYG

If you’ve already got a prepayment meter for your energy, OVO provides some great ways to Pay As You Go (PAYG). We offer one great value energy plan, Smart PAYG, with 3 ways to use it: Smart PAYG+, Smart PAYG Standard and Traditional PAYG. 

In this section of OVO Answers, you can find lots of help and useful information on each way to PAYG. 

Smart PAYG+

This is the easy way to start managing your prepay energy from anywhere:

1.Top up anywhere by app, online or text
2. Check your credit without checking your meter
3. No more meter key, no more hassle
4. Set up top-up reminders so that you never lose power

Find help for all your questions about Smart PAYG+. From why it’s good news to choose Smart PAYG+, through to using the OVO Energy app and how to make a top-up, there’s lots of help and guidance to make the most of this easy way to pay for your energy.

Smart PAYG Standard

If you’ve got a smart meter but no bank card or email address, Smart PAYG Standard lets you carry on only topping up at PayPoint. You’ll also get an In-Home Display which can help you monitor your energy use.

1. Use your smart payment card(s) to top up at a PayPoint
2. Set up low credit alerts on your In-Home Display (IHD)
3. If you run out of credit from 8pm-8am Mon-Fri or anytime at the weekend, your meter won’t disconnect
4. You don’t need a smartphone or bank account to use it

Find help for all your questions about Smart PAYG Standard in our Smart PAYG topic. You can see the differences between Smart PAYG+ and Smart PAYG Standard, find out how to get the most from your IHD, what happens if you run out of credit with a smart meter and much more.

Traditional PAYG

This is the ‘conventional’ energy prepayment method, where you go to the shop to pay for your energy. It’s ideal if you don’t have a bank account or bank card, or can’t get a smart meter. 

1. You use a key or card to top up at a PayPoint
2. It’s the PAYG you might have used with other suppliers in the past
3. You don’t need a smartphone or bank account to use it

Find help for all your questions about traditional PAYG in this topic. This section covers getting started on PAYG, problems with keys and cards, running out of credit, getting emergency credit and more. 

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Smart PAYG Standard or Smart PAYG+ – what’s the difference?
Smart PAYG Standard or Smart PAYG+ – what’s the difference?
We offer you two ways to use your smart meter with Pay As You Go: Smart PAYG Standard or Smart PAYG+. Whichever you choose, you’ll stay on the plan you signed up to, and you’ll get a state-of-the-art smart meter that automatically logs every top-up you make.
What happens to my smart meter when I’m switching away from OVO?
What happens to my smart meter when I’m switching away from OVO?
It’ll go into ‘credit mode’ for a short while and you won’t be able to top up. However, you’ll still get your energy as normal.
How can I use my IHD to make sure I don’t run out of credit?
Your In-Home Display (IHD) has a range of functions to help you keep an eye on your credit levels and set alerts to make sure you don’t run out of credit.
How can my IHD and smart meter help if I run out of credit?
Your IHD and smart meter work together to help you manage your energy use, reduce your energy bills, and make sure you don’t run out of credit.
I’m on PAYG – how do I add credit manually on a smart meter?
If you use our PAYG service (not PAYG+) and a top-up doesn’t show up on your IHD or smart meter, you may need to add credit manually.
Can I add credit manually on my IHD or smart meter?
If you top up at a PayPoint but it doesn’t show up on your IHD you may need to add credit manually. You can do this on either your IHD or your smart meter.
What happens if I have a PAYG smart meter and I move home?
On the move? Here’s how to achieve a smooth handover when you move home – and how to help the new tenants or owners understand the PAYG smart meter.
What happens if my smart meter runs out of credit?
If you’re about to run out of credit for gas or electricity (or both if you’re on Smart PAYG+), your smart meter can give you plenty of warning.
How much of my PAYG credit will go towards repaying my debt?
If you’re in debt to us, and you agree to pay it back through your PAYG meter, we’ll take some of your credit towards repaying your debt each time you top up.
How do I read my smart meter screen?
On Smart PAYG Standard but your IHD’s not working? On Smart PAYG+ but can’t access My OVO or the OVO Energy app? Then you may need to use your smart meter screen.

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