Last Updated on November 24, 2021 by Ope Quadri
In the 90s, paying electricity bills was tedious as customers would have to queue at the branch offices of the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). Today, the story has changed as you can top up the electricity unit with just a tap on your phone or by dialing a USSD code.
From NEPA to PHCN, to the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Prepaid Meter has become a household name, on which Nigerians can recharge electricity units.
With the coming of prepaid electricity meters, the issue of queuing to top up your meter is over as you can now pay electricity bill online. You can do this right on your Tab, Android phone, on Laptop or on desktop computers depending on the one you have access to.
All you need is to have active data on your Tablet device or your Modem to get connected online.
6 Major Platforms To Pay Electricity Bills in Nigeria
- MyDatastream Nigeria
- Online banking platform
- iRecharge online platform
- Using payelectricitybillsonline platform
- Using your bank’s USSD Code
How To Pay Electricity Bills on MyDatastream Nigeria
Mydatastream Nigeria is one of the reliable platforms where you can top up your power unit and make payment for other bills.
How to pay electricity bills on mydatastreamng
- Sign up for an account
- Top up your wallet by using the “add money” option
- On the home page, click electricity or use the “Bill payment” drop-down menu and choose electricity
- Enter meter number and choose an operator.
- Enter amount
- Choose wallet balance and finally click “make payment”
The electricity operators on mydatastream Nigeria are:
- IBEDC: Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company
- AEDC: Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
- JEDC: Jos Electricity Distribution Company
- KEDC: Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company
- IEDC: Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company
- KEDC: Kano Electricity Distribution Company
- EEDC: Enugu Electricity Distribution Company
- PHDC: Port Harcourt Distribution Company
- Eko Electricity Distribution Company
A service charge of N100 applies. For us it makes sense because you save more and do things faster. You can top up your power unit at any time of the day.
Not just that, you can also buy data, airtime, subscribe for cable TV, and send money to a friend (by using the “Gift Me”)
Using bank’s USSD Code
“Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is a Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication technology that is used to send text between a mobile phone and an application programme in the network,” searchnetworking.techtarget.com
As USSD is used for making online transactions like buying a recharge card, transferring to another account, you can use USSD to pay the electricity bills online and recharge your prepaid meter online from there.
- Depending on your banking, GT Bank USSD code is 737
- Dial *737# on your line
- From the option press 6 (Pay Bill) from the option and send
- Select 3 (utilities) and send
- From the listed power distribution company select the one application to your location (town)
- Enter the amount you want to top up and follow the rest of the on-screen guide.
- Note that this isn’t available for all the power distribution companies.
Isn’t that simple and quick?
How to use iRecharge to pay bills online
iRecharge is a third-party platform where you can buy electricity units for your prepaid meter, buy data, purchase airtime, and make other payment online.
This is how to pay electricity bill online through iRecharge
Step 1: Create an account via https://www.irecharge.com.ng/and select whether you want a personal account or corporate account, the best option for personal use is iRecharge Plus
Step 2: Enter your phone number and your first and last name
Step 3: Login to your email to activate your link
Step 4: Click on wallet, and select the option “fund wallet” from your left hand side, the purpose is for you to deposit money into it, from there you can begin to make purchases or top-up your prepaid meter, or any other purchase you want to make right there.
Step 5: Enter the amount you want to deposit and click continue
Note: A service charge of 1.5 % applies on wallet topup transactions via card.For instance if you are depositing N200 into your wallet, then you’d be charged N3, meaning N203 would be deducted from your account balance.
Step 6: Below it click on Pay securely with PayStack allow the page to load
Step 7: Enter your card details and pay.
Step 8: The amount you just deposited can be found in your iRecharge Wallet, from your iRecharge dashboard, click electricity bill and enter the amount you want to recharge, prepaid meter PIN would be sent to your phone number and email.
Step 9: Head straight to your meter and enter it
Step 10: Go to your prepaid meter and enter the PIN, that’s all.
Using BuyPower.ng to buy power units
This is another online platform through which you can easily pay electricity bill online and top up your prepaid meter without stepping out.
BuyPower.ng partners include: AEDC, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Jos Electricity Distribution Company etc
They are available in 12 Nigerian states: Abuja, Kaduna, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Soko, and Zamfara.
You can either make use of the bupower.ng app or using any of your favourite browsers, but we recommend Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and other great browsers that make form load ceaselessly.
How to buypower with USSD code
USSD code enables you to buypower, simply dial *402*00009548*amount# on your mobile phone
How to pay electricity bills using GTCO
Again we’re using GT Bank’s ibank online platform you can pay electricity bill online to recharge your prepaid meter:
Step 1: Login via https://ibank.gtbank.com/ibank3right on your Tablet device or on laptop. Alternatively, you can use your banking mobile app if you have it on your device (that’s if you’ve been using it before).
Step 2: Click on electricity payment
Step 3: Select your electricity distribution company from the available option. The available ones are Eko Disco, Enugu Prepaid, Enugu postpaid, Abuja Disco, PHED prepaid, PHED postpaid, JEDC prepaid, JEDC postpaid, IBEDC postpaid, and IBEDC prepaid.
Step 4: Enter your meter number, the amount you want to purchase. Check and cross-check the details, and order payment.
Step 5: If you using the online channel i.e GT Bank ibank you will need to use your GT Bank token to finalise your payment.
Step 6: If your channel is your app, enter the necessary details and confirm your transaction.
A confirmation message would be sent to the phone number attached to your bank, while your prepaid meter PIN would also be sent within a few seconds.
Step 7: Head straight to where your prepaid meter is mounted and enter the PIN code that is that you received.
That’s one of the simplest ways to recharge and top up your prepaid electricity meter online.
Step 1: Head straight to the official portal of pay electricity portal, find it here https://www.payelectricitybills.com/#discos
Step 2: Right on that page is the list nine distribution companies under Disco:
- Port Harcourt Distribution Company (PHDC),
- Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC),
- Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC),
- Kano Electricity Distribution Company,
- Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company,
- Eko Electricity Distribution Company,
- Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC),
- Abuja Electricity Distribution Company,
- Yola Electricity Distribution Company, and
- Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC)
Step 3: The companies are represented with their logo, click on the one application to your catchment area, but note that the payment platform for IBEDC, Enugu, Kano, Abuja, Yola, Eko wasn’t working at the last time we checked (July 2, 2018)
Step 4: Whichever working one you selected, enter your Account/Meter Number, your full name, email address and phone number and amount.
Step 5: Click continue to proceed on to the your payment methods arena.
Step 6: Confirm your details and pay:
Your meter token will be sent to your phone number after successful payment.
Head straight to your prepaid meter to top it up.
Paying electricity bill online saves you a lot of time
Ope is the co-founder of InfomediaNG. He’s a researcher whose interests cut across real estate investment, stocks, financial technology, and youth empowerment. He’s awesome in Content Marketing and SEO. Favourite Tools: Google Analytics, Canva, RankMath, UberSuggest