Why is there a standing charge on my bill?
All energy suppliers have a standing charge to cover the costs of making gas and/or electricity available for you to use. The amount is charged for each and every meter you have, for example, if you have one gas meter and one electricity meter, you will be charged a standing charge for each.
Why does the standing charge differ depending on region?
The charge varies depending on your location and the complexity of the infrastructure needed to ensure your home can be continuously powered.
It also depends on the needs of the local population. The more people in an area, the more infrastructure is required to provide electricity and gas to each property.
What costs are covered by the standing charge?
- Using and maintaining the energy networks, wires and pipes that carry gas and electricity across the country to your home
- Keeping your home connected to the energy network
- Carrying out meter readings
- Payments towards government initiatives that help vulnerable households and reduce CO2 emissions
Standing charges are usually given in terms of pence per day (per meter), e.g. 25p/day.