If you've got a Pay As You Go smart meter, it's simple to top up whenever you need to.
The easiest way is to top up online or use our SSE Top-Up app. You can also top up in any shop that offers PayPoint and branches of Post Office.
How smart Pay As You Go meter top-ups work
When you top up your smart Pay As You Go meter, the new credit is sent to your meter automatically.
It can take up to 40 minutes for the top-up to reach your meter.
How to top up your smart Pay As You Go meter
Your In-Home Display, or Smart Energy Tracker if you have one of these, will alert you when your PAYG credit is running low, so you always know when it’s time to top up.
Top up with our SSE Top-Up app
You can do a guest payment, register for an account or log in. It's quicker if you log in.
To do a guest payment, from the app landing screen select, “Top Up Now”.
Select your fuel type (Electricity or Gas).
Enter the last 19 digits of your Smart Pay As You Go card number. Entering your mobile number and/or email address is optional. Then select “Next”.
Select a top-up amount of “£10”, "£15", “£20” or "Other".
If you select “Other” you can enter your own amount of between £5 and £175.
Enter your card details. Then select “Review”.
You will see a pop-up showing the “Payment amount”.
Select “Pay now” if you are happy with your selection or “Cancel” to select a new amount.
If top-up has been successful you should see a screen with a message that starts “You have successfully credited your…" followed by your account details and the top-up amount.
Select “Finish” to complete the transaction. A pop-up will remind you to note down any confirmation codes as you’re completing a guest payment and these details won’t be stored.
Top up online
You can top up online by using our online payment system (provided by PayPoint).
It's really easy to do – just follow these simple steps:
Visit our smart meter top-up website Once you're there, click ‘Top-up now’.
Choose your service Select either electricity or gas from the ‘Service’ menu, depending on which meter you want to top up. Then click 'Next'.
Give us your reference number and contact details We'll ask you for your smart Pay As You Go card number. If you haven't got your card to hand, contact us and we'll give this to you over the phone.
You can also give us your email address and phone number. If we've got your email address, we'll be able to send you a receipt for your top-up payment.
Enter your payment details and confirm
Next, you'll need to enter your payment details. You've got the option of paying by credit or debit card.
At this point, you can also let us know how much you'd like to top up. Once you're done, select ‘Confirm and pay’.
Check your confirmation We'll show you a confirmation of your top-up and you'll have the option of printing a receipt if you need to.
If you've given us an email address, we'll email you a copy, too. The email will include a top-up code to use if your payment doesn't reach your meter.
Top up in store
You'll need your smart Pay As You Go card (or just your smart Pay As You Go card number) with you.
You'll be given a receipt when you top-up.
It's important you keep hold of this. It will show your top-up code which you may need to use if your payment doesn't reach your meter or you need to add your credit more quickly.
Top up with a top-up code
If you've waited more than 40 minutes and your credit still hasn't appeared, you can top up by entering a code instead.
You can enter the code into your In-Home Display, or your Smart Energy Tracker if you have one of these. You can also enter your top-up code on your smart meter.
If you're entering the code directly into your smart meter, you can use one of our downloadable guides in the ‘Related documents’ section below.
Here's what you'll need to do if you're using your In-Home Display:
- On the main menu scroll to ‘Prepay’
- Select either ‘Electricity’ or 'Gas', depending on which meter you want to top up.
- Enter your top-up code using the arrow keys to select each number.
- Once you've entered all the numbers for your top-up code, click the ‘Selection’ button (circle) to submit the code.
- If the top-up code has been submitted successfully, you'll see a ‘Top-Up Code sent’ notification on the screen.
Here's what you'll need to do if you're using your Smart Energy Tracker:
- On the main menu, choose either ‘Electricity’ or 'Gas', depending on which meter you want to top-up.
- Select ‘Your account’, then 'Your top-ups' and finally ‘Top-up now’.
- Enter your top-up code by using the up and down arrows to select each number. Press ‘OK’ when you're ready to move to the next digit. Once you've entered all the numbers, press and hold 'OK' to submit the code.
- You'll now see a ‘Top-up accepted’ message on the screen. This will also show you the amount you've topped up and how much credit you have on the meter in total.