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What is a standing charge?
A standing charge is a fixed amount that is applied to your gas and electricity bill daily. For any tariff with a standing charge you will pay a daily charge and a single unit rate making it easier to understand how much you’re paying.
A standing charge helps cover an energy supplier’s fixed costs, for example: enabling a supply of gas/electricity to your home through distribution and metering services, Governmental; carbon reduction commitments and supporting the vulnerable.
What is the cheapest tariff?
Our cheapest British Gas variable tariff is Online Variable May 2014 but we would always advise customers to visit our tariff checker to make sure they are on the best possible deal.
Why do energy suppliers use standing charges?
Standing charge is used to cover a supplier’s fixed costs, for example: Governmental; carbon reduction commitments, Supporting the vulnerable, and enabling a supply of gas/electricity to your home through distribution and metering services.
How do I work out how much I’ll be paying?
Our new products now include a daily standing charge and a single consumption rate; the single consumption rate will be based on the energy you use.The amount you pay will not alter unless you change payment method or tariff. Please refer to our tariff checker to find out the best deal for you
Please remember – standing charge is applied even if no gas or electricity is used.
Contact us if you need more information.
How will being on a standing charge tariff affect my prices?
Your bill will be determined by the daily standing charge, unit rate and the amount of energy you use. It is always best to check that you are on the best possible deal.
Please use our tariff checker to check that you are on the right tariff for you.
How much is the standing charge per day?
The standing charge amount will change depending on your payment method. Visit our tariff rates page and enter your postcode to find out how much it will cost you.
Can I switch from a two tiered tariff to a standing charge tariff?
Yes, you can change to a standing charge tariff from a two tiered tariff. Select the tariff you want to switch to and switch easily online.
Please note, if your current tariff has a cancellation fee you will be charged the amount stated in your tariff terms and conditions for switching.
What is Clear & Simple?
Clear & Simple is our new standard energy tariff. It has replaced our Standard energy product and has a standing charge/single unit rate pricing structure instead of a 2 tiered pricing structure to help you understand how much you’re paying. For more information about how much it costs to switch to this tariff, visit our Clear & Simple rates page.
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