Your browser is out-of-date!

Please update your browser to view this website correctly.

Update my browser now

Smart, Traditional, Economy 7, Prepayment

Our service works for everyone. But how it works, is up to you.

We are smarter than the average price comparison site because we support all meter types.

The idea there are different meter types may not have occurred to you - this is normal! Meter types are not something you need to worry about because it is our mission to know all this stuff inside out. But it does mean you have choices.

We always automatically default to cheapest, so if that’s what you’re here for, then you don't need to do anything.

But here we explain a bit more about what we do and how, so you can make informed choices about what you may be prepared to pay more for.

Which meter do you have?

Not sure? Don't worry, we can find out for you.


The next generation of a gas and electricity meter - shows a digital meter reading and automatically sends the reading to your energy supplier for accurate bills.


Earlier technology where you need to take manual meter reads and send to your supplier.

Economy 7

Where you get charged cheaper prices for your electricity at night.


Where you pay for your energy in advance via a token, key, prepay card or smart top up.

Which meter do you want?

We can tailor switches to get you the meter you want.


Our default is to switch you to a tariff that comes with a free, fast-tracked installation, whenever it’s cheapest. But you can change your switching preferences to get one ASAP - i.e. still save money compared to your current tariff but pay a bit more than cheapest.


Not sure about smart meters? No problem. Just change your switching preferences to “Keep me traditional.”

Economy 7

If you have a traditional Economy 7 meter, you can switch to either an Economy 7 tariff or a traditional tariff. If you have or get a smart meter, you can access Economy 7 tariffs without a meter change.


You can choose Prepayment and Smart. This is because choosing Prepayment is done in your Payment preferences whilst Smart or Traditional is done in your Meter preferences.

Smart meters can switch between prepayment and credit tariffs without a physical meter change. They can also give you more flexible ways to top up (without leaving the house…)

Reasons to be smart

The government has mandated that all households be offered a smart meter between now and 2020. A third of households already have them. These are the key reasons why.


Ending estimated bills

78% of households have paid for their energy via estimated bills for the last 10 years! Given we have found estimated usage can lead to the wrong tariff recommendation >50% of the time, we can only imagine the total cost to the nation from estimated bills…. A lot. Smart meters can put an end to this nonsense.

Read more


No more meter reads

Not only do many of us have to battle with spiders to read a traditional meter, 13.5 million of us have accidentally submitted an electricity reading for a gas bill and vice versa… Smart meters can end this hassle.

Read more


Ability to budget ahead of your bill

Smart meters show you what you're spending on your energy in pounds and pence, as you use it. Put an end to bill shock. With a free Labrador Home Hub you can also see your annual usage prediction (combining your actual usage with 20 years seasonability data) and your daily progress against that.

Read more


Make Great Britain greener

Smart meters are estimated to save the equivalent in carbon emissions of 500,000 cars taken off Great Britain’s roads by 2030. Environmental benefits are a combination of helping households use less and enabling our grid to cope with more renewable energy. We currently pay circa £1 million per week NOT to export renewables into the grid because we aren’t yet smart enough to balance that kind of unpredictable power with usage.

Read more


Reducing costs

On average a household with a smart meter saves two percent on their energy bills a year, or 354kWh. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough energy to have 115 hot baths or to listen to your favourite song on a tablet every day for 35 years.

If the whole nation got a smart meter, we could save the same amount of energy as it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.

Read more

Stay smart and save

Learn more about our free Labrador Home Hub and how we can keep you smart, without being locked in to your installing suppliers expensive tariffs…

This site uses cookies.Find out more

Okay, thank you