What Is Standing Charge On British Gas Bill?

A standing fee is an amount of money that we add to your energy bill on a daily basis. It’s a daily fee that helps cover the costs of keeping your home linked to the power grid, regardless of how much energy you consume. It also helps those who are less fortunate.

What is a standing charge for gas in the United Kingdom?

There are two parts to your gas or electricity bill: The charge that is in effect the daily set sum that covers the costs of delivering energy to your location and maintaining your meter It differs depending on where your company is located. Regardless of how much energy you consume, you must pay the standing charge.

What is the purpose of a standing charge in gas?

As a result, the standing charge is a price you pay to your energy provider simply to have access to energy. It’s a flat charge that ranges from roughly 10p to 80p per day for gas and 5p to 60p per day for electricity.

What is the purpose of the standing charge?

Most gas and electricity bills include a standing charge. It’s a set daily fee that you must pay regardless of how much energy you consume. The expense of supplying your home with gas and electricity is covered by a standing fee. Consider it like a phone line rental, but for your energy.

What is a meter’s standing charge?

Standing charges are recurring expenditures involved with supplying your energy supply, such as meter reading, maintenance, and the cost of maintaining your network connection. They also cover our operating expenses for providing electricity to our lower rate clients.

Standing charges are determined on a daily basis and take into account pass-through costs as well. All energy providers charge them, however the amounts may vary.

Do I have to pay a monthly fee?

Yes, standing costs apply to prepayment energy rates, which require you to pay for your energy in advance by crediting your meter. Even if you don’t have any credit on your meter, you must still pay these fees. As a result, when you next top up, you’ll have to pay back all of your outstanding standing charges.

Why has the standing charge for British Gas been doubled?

“The standing charge for gas has been increased little, but the standing price for electricity has been significantly increased.

“The regulator took this action because a number of fixed costs had risen dramatically.

Martin brought up the fact that a number of energy companies have lately gone bankrupt, requiring other businesses to be subsidized in order to take on their customers.

There are also transmission expenses to bear in mind, as well as an increase to what is known as a green levy.

Is standing charge British gas included in smart meters?

We have a daily standing charge, so even if you’re not at home and aren’t using any gas or electricity, you’ll be charged a tiny daily price.

If I don’t use gas, do I have to pay a monthly fee?

The majority of energy tariffs are divided into two sections:

  • A daily predetermined amount is paid as a standing charge.
  • The price you pay per unit (kilowatt hour; kWh) of gas or electricity you use is known as the unit rate.

Gas and electricity usually have separate standing charges and unit pricing. How much energy you utilize determines your final unit rate cost. However, regardless of whether you use any energy, you must pay the daily standing price.

So even if you use very little energy or your second home is empty for substantial portions of the year, you’ll be charged a daily standing charge. This builds up over the course of a year, and if you use very little energy, it can account for a considerable portion of your bill.

What is the formula for calculating the standing charge?


  • What is the amount of my current charge?
  • What method do you use to calculate my usage?

There are two aspects to your energy charges:

  • Taking a charge (a fixed daily charge regardless of how much energy you use)
  • Unit Rate (a price based on the number of kWh utilized, i.e. how much gas/electricity you used)


Always double-check if the unit rate and the standing charge include or exclude VAT. The unit rate and standing fee are mentioned in this example without VAT, and the VAT is added later.

It’s also worth noting that your gas bills are computed in kWh, whereas your gas meter keeps track of your usage in m3 or 100’s ft3. Each month, your meter units are converted to kWh (the calculation is shown on page 2). Check out our Guide to Understanding Your Energy Statement for more information.

What is my standing charge?

A daily standing charge is used to cover the fixed costs of providing you with gas and/or electricity. It is applied to each meter, therefore if you have one gas meter and one electricity meter, you will be taxed twice. Standing charges are typically expressed in pence per day (per meter), for example, 25p/day.

Your standing fee keeps your home connected to the energy network by maintaining your meter, the network, and ensuring that energy can be transported to your home. Your standing fee also helps to cover the costs of government initiatives such as carbon reduction and customer support for disadvantaged customers.

You may have many meter-points into your property if you have a ‘complex’ metering configuration. We charge a separate standing charge for each meter-point we provide, i.e. one for each MPAN or MPRN.

How do you estimate my usage?

Monthly meter readings are encouraged so that we don’t have to estimate your usage. If we do not get a meter reading from you by the end of your billing period, we will compute an estimated value so that your monthly statement can be generated. We’ll use your meter readings on your next energy account, correcting any earlier estimates, each time you supply them.


Using your Estimated Annual Consumption, we calculate your electricity usage (EAC). This figure is computed and monitored by a centralized industry database that forecasts each meter’s annual usage. Each electricity meter point in the United Kingdom is assigned an EAC (a typical EAC for a ‘average’ residence is 3,100 kWh per year).


We use a figure called Annualised Quantity to measure your gas usage in the same manner that we do for electricity (AQ). This statistic is calculated and handled in a separate centralized industry database, and it predicts each meter’s annual gas usage. In the UK, each gas meter point has a corresponding AQ (a typical AQ for a ‘average’ home is 12,000 kWh per year). Note that while your AQ is always given in kWh, your gas meter records your usage in m3 or 100’s ft3.

Because your estimated usage is checked on a regular basis, you may see different statistics on different energy statements. See page 2 of your So Energy statements to determine your estimated usage. Check out our Guide to Understanding Your Energy Statement for more information.

Please submit more meter readings if you don’t believe your projected numbers accurately reflect your usage.

Do I have to pay British gas standing costs on a vacant property?

You may be able to get the standing charge waived if you take over ownership of an unoccupied property that has a gas and electricity supply but isn’t being used. It will be easier than canceling the supply because the property will not need to be reconnected when it is inhabited again.

To get a standing charge waived, contact the energy supplier for the vacant property and show proof, such as meter readings, that you haven’t used any energy since you gained control.