Pay As You Go heating

District heating schemes can be teamed with Pay As You Go accounts for individual residents. Everyone benefits from district heating because it enables bulk buying of gas and more efficient generation of heat. Now as well as cost-effective heating and hot water, you can implement a Pay As You Go (PAYG) solution which also brings benefits for each resident as well as the Managing Agent, Landlord, Housing Association and any other party responsible for the heat supply to the property.

Benefits of PAYG for each resident

iknowatt-1The individual controls their own heating account for their apartment
Pay only for the heat and hot water to be used
Greater awareness of energy usage
Payment made locally
Easy to budget
No surprises

Benefits of PAYG for the Managing Agent

No bad debt!
Ideal where non-payment has been a problem.
No resident level energy bill administration
No need to chase payments
Aggregated gas buying power and district heating savings
Individual pay as you go heat technology per flat
Aids compliance with Heat Network Regulations

Payment comparison

  • With PAYG the user makes payments before heat is supplied.
  • With a credit account, heating is used first and then bills are calculated and payments chased to cover the cost of the heating used.

Data Energy Prepayment Diagram 1 v2

How the technology differs

Data Energy Prepayment Diagram 2 a

The heat meter is connected to the building network and will supply usage data back to a central point to allow a billing agent to generate charging statements and issue to lessees.

Data Energy Prepayment Diagram 2 b

The PAYG unit is installed to collect data from the heat meter and unit rates from the PAYG operator. Payments are automatically loaded onto the PAYG Unit so there is credit available to pay for the heat.

Control over heat supply

Data Energy’s PAYG unit calculates the kilowatt hours used and converts this into a heating charge which is offset against heating that is used.

  • When there is cash on account the heat can be used.
  • When there is no cash on account the heat valve is activated stopping the heat supply.

Data Energy provides the PAYG receipts to the Managing Agent enabling them to:

  • Pay gas and fuel bills
  • Pay network running costs

Data Energy Prepayment Diagram 3 v2

Data Energy has the expertise to guide you through your options with credit accounts and Pay As You Go. Our PAYG system is a smart, cloud-based pre-payment solution to the perennial problems of generating accurate resident level bills and ensuring they are paid.

Whilst efficient it comes with a heart! 

To safeguard the most vulnerable members of society from being isolated from their heat supply, Data Energy also runs a variety of helpful mechanisms including friendly credit. Our policy is to help the most needy to enjoy and have access to an affordable service.