Can I Pay My Electricity Bill With PayPal?

by Maya Black

Paypal provides a convenient way to get paid and to pay bills. The financial service allows you to send money by email, and arguably, this is the most convenient way to use Paypal. But, not every business accepts payments by email. Some electricity providers may accept Paypal, so contact your provider to find out whether it does. Note that most businesses, including utility companies, don't accept email payments.

Pay With the Card

But even if your electricity provider does not accept Paypal email payments, if it accepts credit card payments, you can still pay your electric bill with your Paypal debit card, which carries the MasterCard logo. The debit card can be used like a credit card when you have funds in your account. It's also possible to link the card to your bank account or to available credit on a backup credit card. Your electricity provider may charge you an additional fee to pay the bill with your Paypal debit card, or with any debit or credit card.

Approval Not Credit Based

If you don't have a Paypal MasterCard debit card, you canapply for one on the PayPal site. Generally speaking, you must be 18 years old and have a verified PayPal account linked to your bank account and a credit card to qualify for one. According to the company, it does not pull credit as part of the debit card approval process.

About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.