No Standing Charge Gas & Electricity Tariffs
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The table below shows the current leading gas and electricity tariffs that carry a standing charge of zero. If you opt for a tariff that doesn't carry a standing charge then any days you don't use any gas or electricity you won't be charged at all. However the flipside of this is that your unit rate prices may be more expensive. For more information about no standing charge tariffs please see the links below.
Tariffs with no standing charge for electricity usage
|Supplier||Tariff||Average unit rate|
|Price Fix March 2016||15.074 pence|
Tariffs with no standing charge for gas usage
What is a no standing charge tariff?
Home gas and electricity bills typically break down into two main costs - one is a charge per unit consumed (measured in kWh) and the other is a daily standing charge. The daily standing charge is payable regardless of whether any energy is actually used by the customer on that particular day. The amount charged by energy suppliers varies from 8p to 40p for electricity and 20p to 50p for gas. However, energy companies have traditionally also offered tariffs that come with no standing charge (NSC). These tariffs have a higher unit charge to cover the standing charge - and once a certain amount of energy has been used the unit charge will decrease for the remainder of energy used during the billing period. This follows the pattern for tariffs with a standing charge, in which a higher standing charge tends to be matched by a lower unit charge and vice versa. Please note that our online energy price comparison service takes into account all charges associated with your bill, including unit charges and daily standing charges.
Is a no standing charge tariff suitable for me?
For most energy users, it makes little difference what type of tariff they choose - the more important thing is making sure they're on a tariff that gives a good price overall. However, tariffs with a zero standing charge have traditionally been popular for customers whose energy consumption is either exceptionally low or sporadic.
For example, a customer may choose a no standing charge tariff if they are buying energy for a holiday home or a second home, which may be left vacant for long periods of the year. This will mean the bills will be zero for the periods when the property is not occupied - and similar to what they would be on a standing charge tariff for the periods when the property is occupied.
The best advice for consumers is to compare the whole energy market to find the cheapest available tariff for their personal usage requirements. You can quickly and easily compare every gas and electricity tariff on the market by entering your postcode in the box below. Or if you have any questions about choosing an energy tariff and would prefer to speak to one of our expert, UK based energy advisors, please call us on 0800 320 2000 and we'll be happy to help.