Saving Energy

With the move to PrepayPower you will be more aware of the amount of electricity you use. If you follow our energy saving tips and use the functions on the keypad to monitor your usage, you should be able to reduce the amount of energy you use.

How to monitor and save

Keypad buttons explained

* Press this before entering Powercodes.

# Press this after entering Powercodes.

Press 1,1,1 on the meter to see the amount of credit left.

1. Credit time left in days - based on your last week's usage.

2. Cost of previous day’s, week’s, month’s electricity use.

3. Unit rates and number of units used.

4. The last five Powercodes entered.

5. Total money entered into meter.

6. Electricity currently being used in Kilowatts.

7. Standing charge repayment rates per day, if applicable.

8. Highest consumption in any half hour in the last 24hrs and when it occurred.

9. Total units used.

10. Displays time and date.

How to save using button 2 on your keypad

Button 2 shows the amount of energy you have used over the previous day, week & month. By monitoring this you can track how much energy you are using and what trends emerge for different days of the week and times of the year, helping you budget more effectively.

You can use button 2 to monitor your daily usage:

At the end of a day press 2 and you'll see the amount of energy you have used that day. Follow our energy saving tips on the next day to reduce your energy usage. At the end of day 2, press 2 again to check how much electricity you've used.

Comparing these two days allows you to see how easy it is to save!

How to save using button 6 on your keypad

Button 6 

Button 6 shows how much energy is currently being consumed in your household. This will enable you to see how much energy an appliance uses, by comparing the amount of energy before and after switching on a given appliance. 

You can use button 6 to check how much energy an appliance uses, here’s how:

Press button 6 twice and it will tell you how much your current level of consumption would cost if this level of consumption was maintained for an hour.

Simply press 6 once before you use an appliance, such as a tumble dryer. The figure shown* is how much energy is currently being used in your household.

When the appliance is in use, press 6 again for the updated energy amount. The difference in these 2 figures is the amount of energy the appliance uses.

Top Tip: The Electricity you use is measured in units and will appear as kWh on your Budget Controller.

How much does it cost?

For pricing and charges, please refer to our Pricing section.

Easy Energy Saving Tips
  • Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes. Hand washing uses more water that needs to be expensively heated.
  • When using the washing machine, ensure it is a full load when possible.
  • Wash your clothes in the washing machine at 30°C. Most modern detergents work fine at this temperature.
  • Keep tumble drying to a minimum – dry clothes naturally instead.
  • Only boil as much water as you need in your kettle. Filling the kettle full each time you boil it can waste almost €20 a year.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer door closed to minimise warming.
  • Defrost your freezer regularly. There shouldn’t be more than a quarter of an inch of ice in the box.
  • Turn your hot water down. Just 5°C will make a big difference.
  • Fit a good quality 80mm (3”) lagging jacket around your water tank. This will insulate the tank, keeping water warmer for longer.
  • When cooking, cover saucepans with lids where possible to reduce cooking time.
  • Grilling food uses less energy than oven cooking and it takes less time.
  • Use low wattage bulbs in areas where appropriate, such as hallways.
  • You can save a significant amount of energy by switching off lights and appliances (e.g. TVs and PCs). Turn them off fully – don’t leave them on standby as they will often still use energy.
  • When buying new appliances, check the energy efficiency labels and buy the best rated appliance you can afford. “A” is the most energy efficient and “G” is the least efficient.