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Guide to energy standing charges

Take a look at your energy bill and you’ll notice that, as well as gas and electricity usage, there’s a ‘standing charge’.

But what exactly is a standing charge? And why should you pay it? We’ve got the answers.


Peter Earl From the Energy team
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How much do I have to pay for a standing charge?

The daily standing charge depends on your energy supplier and, over the course of a year, can add up to a substantial sum.

Typical standing charges range from:

  • electricity – 5p to 60p per day
  • gas – 10p to 80p per day

Ofgem proposed changes to curb standing charges in 2016, but most energy providers continue to add them.

There are, however, talks of a cap on the standing charge, which currently averages about £156 per year. This could benefit low-income households in particular, with an estimated saving of up to £100 per year.

Are there energy suppliers who don’t have a standing charge?

There are a few energy suppliers who don’t set a standing charge, or set a rate of £0 on your bill.

What are the advantages of a tariff with zero standing charges?

Advantages of an energy tariff without a standing charge include:

  • you only pay for the energy you use
  • they can be good for occasional-use properties, such as holiday homes.

What are the disadvantages of a tariff with zero standing charges?

Disadvantages of a tariff that has no standing charge include:

  • the energy unit rates are typically higher
  • medium to high energy users may end up paying more for their energy

Where can I compare different energy tariffs?

Right here at Compare the Market. Start a quote with us and you can compare a range of tariffs and energy suppliers. Your quote results will show you a breakdown of each tariff, including the unit rates, standing charges and any exit fees.

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