How to Check your Balance on a ZESA Meter

The modern lifestyle, it appears, is designed to give us high blood pressure. There are so many things to worry about; where to get roller meal, the price of commuter omnibuses, where to get fuel and now, whether or not you still have enough electricity in your prepaid ZESA electricity meter. It used to be that we would go blissfully from day to day; only having to worry about settling ZESA bills at the end of the month. Now, if you don’t top up your meter, you will not eat. Or so it would have been had it not been for the fact that continuous load shedding has taught us all to use gas. So, how do you check the balance on a ZESA meter?

How much electricity remains in my ZESA meter?

To check your balance on a ZESA prepaid electricity meter, all that you need to do is the following;

  1. Go to your meter and flip open the clear white cover
  2. Dial 801 and press the enter button
  3. You remaining electricity will be displayed on the screen.

What happens if I fail to top up my ZESA on time?

Failing to topup ZESA can have interesting consequences. For one thing, when it reaches a certain threshold, a red light will be switched on on the meter. If you are the hardy type who is capable of ignoring such things, the meter has an extra way of jostling you into action. At some point, an alarm will begin to sound on the meter. The tone is designed to get you hurrying to the nearest outlet that sells prepaid electricity (or to your phone). Of course, you can turn off this alarm. However, should you do so and continue to ignore the fact that you are running out of electricity, your house will, after a day or so, be plunged into darkness. Again, this is something of a moot point in most suburbs where there is hardly any electricity to talk about anyway. Should this happen, you will then need to go next door because the ZESA meter cannot be topped up without connection to a live outlet.

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