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  • 18 January 2018
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Hi, I'm paying £16+ a month Standing Charge on my smart meter, is this about right? What is everyone else paying?
Cheers Caz

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Best answer by mattj3135 18 January 2018, 12:41

Hi @cazel thanks for posting!

In short - this is correct for those with Smart PAYG+ with duel fuel and the single wallet. My standing charges for December total £16.74.

You can check the tariff you're on including the daily standing charge within the app under the account details section.

@Smiter @Aadil @Debbie g How about you folks - whats your take on this?

*Update - 11/07/2019 - Information correct*
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They’ve just raised the standing charge to 65p from 1st October. Seems a little steep. I have the old style smart meter so don’t really see how much I’m using at peak times, but I know I must be using loads judging by how much I’m spending on gas and electricity each week.
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@Treeny The standing charges essentially pays for the maintenance of everything before your meter, including the pipes and wires that lead from the street to your property.

This article from Simply Switch does a pretty good job of explaining what standing charges are.

Thanks,
So how am I benefitting from a standing charge? I have solar panels that supply my electric during the day, I should be charging you as I'm not benefiting anything when my standing charge is both higher than my gas and electricity a month!
Absolute con
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Hi @fabled77 - I'm not sure I understand what you mean here. Our PAYG tariff is variable, but it certainly doesn't vary on a daily basis. On average they change 2 to 3 times per year, and we always email our customers a month before this is due to happen. Once a change has taken place, your unit rates and standing charges will stay the same until the tariff is next updated.
Hi, I'm paying £16+ a month Standing Charge on my smart meter, is this about right? What is everyone else paying?
Cheers Caz

Its not the standing charges you need to worry about its the letters you will get from boost, As soon as they establish when you are at home and using electric you will receive a letter telling you the tariffs are changing and guess what its when you are home. I have a tv and xbox on and one light right now and my smart meter is showing Orange telling me im using alot of electric? This Smart Meter thing is just designed to monitor you to get more money. Stay on card meters EDF will switch you back
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Hi @Mark - I've moved your post onto this topic discussing standing charges.
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hi @Mark boost prefer to be open and honest with their charges and tariffs, other suppliers tend to hide these costs within tarrif costs.

it may seem alot but i prefer to know what my money goes on!
I am paying £211 annual in standing charges. For having smart meters Duel fuel. What a ripoff.
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Im sure I wouldn't be £180 per month like last year im already ovet £90 per momth have been the past 2 months dont use much during the day I use the washing machine at night. The way your company works the standing charge is very noticeable I think that's why it seems so much. Still not using that much gas less than a £1 per day and I use £5 every day my heat and hot water are gas and my cooker
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Hi @Janeclark

Just to clarify, on a "credit meter" (where you pay by Direct Debit or upon receipt of the bill), you would still have a unit rate per KWh and a standing charge per day.

The amount of the Direct Debit would aim to cover your usage, but it can go up or down if your usage fluctuates too. It's not strictly a set amount per month.

Thanks
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I would be much cheaper without the prepayment meters as I know I would pay a set amount every month I feel £180 is a lot it's only myself and 2 children at home
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When I was a Scottish power customer the standing charge was weekly and nowhere near £5 per week. I am not working due to health reasons and I am going to struggle this year last winter I was topping up £180 per month which I find shocking compared to maybe £60 roughly during warmer months. I use energy efficient light bulbs I switch all sockets off when not in use. I don't use the kettle I use washing machine and tumble drier at night.
Hi @Janeclark,

All suppliers charge a standing charge.



Not strictly true! Ebico Zero and Solarplicity Fair Market Price 2018 do not have standing charges, however the energy prices are higher.

Good if you are not always at home like me.
As I am away from home a lot I have found that I am paying significantly more in standing charges than actual energy usage per month with Boost. For that reason, I have decided to move to a company called Ebico on their Zero Energy plan. No standing charges and still pre-pay. Yes the energy charges are more, but at least I will only pay for what I use!
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If I did it was never as much as £18 per month i paid weekly always on a tuesday and was maybe 50pence per week
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Hi @Janeclark,

All suppliers charge a standing charge. They cover the transportation costs of gas and electricity and the maintenance of the national grids.

In the interests of being transparent with our pricing, we choose to distinguish between standing charges and unit rates, so customers have a clear idea of what they're paying for. Some suppliers choose to incorporate their standing charges into their unit rates instead, which can result in higher costs overall if you're a moderate to high user.

The best way to compare suppliers is to look at the unit rates and standing charges. Bear in mind that you'll pay a standing change once a day for 365 days in a year, but your yearly usage of gas and electricity will be much more than this. An average household in the UK is estimated to use 3,000KWh of electricity and 12,500KWh of gas a year.

Cheers
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My standing charge is almost £18 per month I have never had a standing charge with any other energy supplier. I am not saving any money at all if anything I am paying more
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Can someone tell me why my standing charge is £9 and is that normal?

@Ladyemmadx a standing charge will be about £0.27 per meter per day. Sometimes a bit higher or lower depending on your region.
Can someone tell me why my standing charge is £9 and is that normal? I topped up £10 yesterday and I got an email from boost stating that I better top up soon? When I looked at my account I had £4? I'm a bit confused to say the least .
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Hi @Amylee thanks for posting.

From what you've said it is highly likely that you've had all standing charges owed since joining taken in one go. If you monitor this it should drop down significantly to the daily amount. If you search "standing charge" in the search bar at the top you will find loads of other topics on this.

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I am new too boost smart meters I only had them installed last week Tuesday and my account only started working yesterday . Yesterday I was charged £4.06 p standing charge in one day . Is this normal for one day ? As seems ridiculous too me if it's for one day alone . Thankyou
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Get a tesla power wall and say good bye supplyer pay for itself in a few years
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Good to see you all getting involved in the forum @Gazza667 @Lillie711 @Clarkesgang

Just wanted to step in on this standing charge convo - this is a charge for the pipes and cables, and it isn't something that goes to your energy supplier. The charge is applied to all energy users, prepayment and credit customers alike.

Tim
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Hey @Gazza667 and @Clarkesgang,

Definitely don't want anyone to feel like they're being penalised. Standing charges cover the costs of supplying properties with gas and electricity, maintaining the national grids and repairs. Everyone that uses energy in their property needs this, whether you pay monthly or as you go, which is why we ask everyone to contribute.

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Ours is £16.38 per month Whyyyyyyy you would if thought prepay would be cheaper as there is no dept to try and collect and suppliers get their money upfront 😔 penalised for paying upfront

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