Energy bills are going up because of wholesale gas costs, but there's confusion on what “standing charges” are on an energy bill, and why they are increasing by a lot too.
Standing charges are a fixed daily amount that customers have to pay, no matter how much energy you use. This charge covers the cost of supplying your property with gas and electricity.
This however does vary by region due to the different costs to transport power to where you live.
The charge pays for costs such as government schemes to help reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty, connections to and maintenance of the energy network as well as service administration charges. It's a bit like the line rental you have for your phone, but for your energy.
The costs cover maintaining and repairing the grid, essential upgrades as more people use renewable energy such as solar panels, and energy bought by providers who then close.
Like your rates for energy, standing charge costs are capped but can change as the costs to maintain the energy network change.
Why have they increased so much recently?
One reason is supplier closures.
Many suppliers have closed in the last 12 months. This means E.ON Next and the other energy providers take on their customers so their gas and electricity supply isn’t interrupted. They also take on the extra share of the energy grid costs (and pass them on to their customers).
Energy companies buy energy a few years ahead. But, when a supplier fails, if the providers taking on the customers can’t or don’t want to buy the failed supplier’s pre-bought energy, it is paid for by the energy network.
Another reason is the increasing numbers of renewable electricity sources.
The energy grid is currently built to work from a small number of very large power stations sending electricity ‘one way’ from power stations to homes and businesses at predictable time, such as when most people are at work.
However, with weather-dependent renewable electricity sources, increasing special equipment needs to be installed so power stations can know how much renewable electricity is being put into the energy grid throughout the day.
If you are or expect to be struggling from the increase in energy bills.
Our Energy Specialists are here to help if you're concerned about the impact of the increase on your energy bills. If you're struggling to pay, please visit our help page to find out more about how we can support you.
As with every diverse community, there is always a mixture of opinions, knowledge as well as understanding - that’s what makes it such a great place to be! To make sure everyone gets the most out of our Community and feels good doing it, we’ve created some values below on how to be an awesome, positive member. So, take a read and then go for it!
We love having you all here in the Community and really hope you find some great advice and help from our other amazing members. As a community team, our main role here is keeping things ticking over, everyone safe and getting involved in some great conversations! We know many of you will have specific queries about your accounts and we want to keep your personal details safe so please don't post them here.
• Saying thanks goes a long way
• The community is a public website, so be careful
• Be kind, respectful and supportive
• It's a family-friendly community
• If you’re in a specific section or discussion, try to stay on topic
• One post is normally enough
• Be cool, don’t spam
We want to ensure that the community is safe and fair for everyone…
We all work hard to ensure everyone feels respected and supported while using the community, and keep that positive energy flowing. If a member or group is disrupting your experience without a genuine reason, you can report this to the community team quickly and easily by clicking the 3 dots on the post. Don’t worry about a thing, we’ll take it from there. If you get a message from the team about your behaviour, please try to work with us, as all we want to do is make this a positive place for everyone. In order to this, we have to uphold these Community Values and the Community Team has the final say.
The full Community Values can be viewed here
If you agree, please click the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Complete Registration' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the Community homepage.
Although the administrators and moderators of E.ON Next Community will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of E.ON Next Community, nor vBulletin Solutions Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar,sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.
The owners of E.ON Next Community reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any content item for any reason.