September 18, 2015

How to Refund MERALCO Bill Deposit

Moving to our new home six years ago was not easy as 1, 2, 3 because there are so many things that you need to buy and prepare. One of those things is applying for your electricity and water supply. 

We all know that in order to have electricity, you need to pay a bill deposit. Bill deposit is an amount required from customers of distribution utilities as a guarantee for payment of electric bills. It is equivalent to your average monthly electricity bill and earns interest at a rate prescribed by ERC. 

The bill deposit may be refunded in full if you have been consistently paying your monthly electric bills on or before the due date for the past three years. 

Last April, aside from our Meralco bill, I saw another paper stating “As a good paying customer, we are pleased to present to you the following options regarding your bill deposit.” 

Option 1: Refund the bill deposit in full including accrued interest. 

If you prefer this option kindly accomplish the application form at the back of this letter and submit it to the nearest Meralco Business Center together with the necessary documentary requirements. 

Please be informed, however, that as prescribed under the rules of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a bill deposit previously refunded in full prior to the termination of service may be re-imposed if the customer fails to pay the monthly bill on or before the due date. Further, once the bill deposit is re-imposed, the customer loses the right to refund the same prior to the termination of his/her electric service. As such, we encourage you to continue paying your bills on or before the due date to maintain your good credit standing and avoid having your bill deposit re-imposed. 

Option 2: Retain the bill deposit with Meralco to continue earning interest in accordance with the existing rules of the ERC.

If you prefer this option, Meralco will defer collection of the additional deposit should your existing bill deposit fall below the required amount as long as you continue to pay your bills on or before the due date. On the other hand, should the bill deposit go beyond the required amount, the excess amount will be credited to your electric bill. 

April 2015 

Of course, we chose Option 1, the amount is not that big but we decided to refund it. #peraparinito My husband went to Meralco to refund but we were not able to get the money yet. They just get some information and we need to wait for 30 days to process. 

Months had passed and we forgot to follow up on our Meralco Bill Deposit Refund and we did not receive any letter or call if we can get the money already. #asapa 

August 2015 

My husband was on leave so I told him to call Meralco and check if we can refund the bill deposit and off he went to Meralco. 

I prepared the following: 

Original Receipt that we received when we applied six years ago. It was attached to the Contract for Electric Service Form.

Letter of “Meralco Bill Deposit Refund” 
Photocopy of ID 

He was able to refund the bill deposit. Meralco got the original receipt + letter then they gave my husband a paper“Acknowledgement of Credit Refund” + stamped “BD Claimed” on our Contract for Electric Service

And because I want to be a good paying customer so they will not require us to pay the bill deposit again, I enrolled Meralco in my bank account so I can pay it online. 

Read: How to View Meralco Bill Online

Important Notice from Meralco

Early Refund of Bill Deposit due to Good Credit Rating

Registered customers with good payment records can avail of the Early Refund of Bill Deposit. The bill deposit serves as a guarantee for payment of electric bills and earns interest at a rate prescribed by ERC. Eligibility for early bill deposit refund is earned through consistent payment of monthly electric bills on or before the due date for three consecutive years.

To know if you are eligible for this program, kindly call any Meralco Business Center or the refund hotline at 632-8888. 

If you are eligible and decide to refund your bill deposit, kindly be advised to keep paying your monthly bills on or before the due date to avoid deposit re-imposition. Under ERC rules, a customer with a re-imposed bill deposit loses the right to refund the same prior to the termination of the electric service contract.


  1. Good to hear that you managed to get your deposit back :)

  2. It was seven years since we are customer of Meralco but we haven't received such letter about the Meter Deposit Refund.
    I am also paying Meralco bills using my credit card via online banking.

  3. This is good news for us paying customers.Will check ours too!

  4. Nice that you got your deposit back! This actually reminded me about my pending MERALCO bill! It's due anytime soon! lol!

  5. It is a good thing you got your deposit back :) . I live in Baguio so we are not under Meralco :) but I do love it when they (Meralco) declare cash dividends :)

  6. Hi, I received that kind of letter from Meralco last year even though I didn't pay any deposit. Whenever I call their hotline, it is always busy. Would you know if I can still claim it even though I lack the receipt (since I have no deposit). BTW, I live in a condo.

    1. You can check this blog, it might help you regarding receipt.

  7. d ku maintndhan :( may dumating na letter ngaun lng from meralco about dn dun sa bill deposit .. anu pu ba un ? mgbbyad pu ba kme ?

    1. Depende sa laman ng letter, kung pareho sa post ko then refund yun. :)

  8. What if consistent kang nagbabayad every month,nahuhuli nga lang sa due date...kumwari after 1 week ng due date...marerefund pa rin po ba?

    1. Meralco ang mag-inform sayo kung pwede mo irefund. In our case, nakareceived kami ng paper to refund our deposit.

  9. nkarecieve ako ng letter khapon lng n pede ako magrefund.
    kaso n ngungupahan lng ako at s iba nkapangalan ang bills ko.
    wala n rin un orginal reciept.

  10. So basically, you will be entitled for a refund after 3 years? Appreciate your response. :)

    1. That's what they said, but in our case we just received a letter that we can refund our bill deposit. We're paying our bill before due date but we only received a letter after 7 years.

  11. Paanu po mg refund Sa meralco anu po requirements.

  12. Hm exactly ang marereceive na amount? We can't find our original receipt. Is it worth the time na asikasuhin ito?