Fuel poverty research: Pre-paid electricity meters

Families running out of credit or ‘self-disconnecting’ from pre-paid meters as a result of economic hardship has left children in the cold, a study by University of Otago researchers, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, has revealed.

Listen to this Radio NZ interview with Kim O’Sullivan, Otago University PhD student, who investigated the use of pre-paid power meters among predominantly less affluent families. The electricity is more costly than that available for monthly ‘on account’ customers, and some households went without electricity for more than 24 hours at a time.

Read more: Kids left out in the cold

Power and control: Prepayment metering and fuel poverty – Kim’s PhD research