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How are standing charges collected with LPG?

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I've moved into a house with LPG and am going to get a quick 1000-litre refill out of contract with Calor at around 70p a litre.

I've heard people mention standing charges - how does Calor collect this if im just paying for a one of £700 payment?


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  • kassy64
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    Not sure in your situation, I have always had a 2 year contract and the daily rate standing charge is applied to bills every now and again. If your out of a contract and you are responsible for the tank and it’s upkeep and maintenance then I suspect there may not be any daily standing charge applied and you would be responsible for upkeep repairs etc. Just my thoughts though !
  • Mister_G
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    tigertrio said:
    I've moved into a house with LPG and am going to get a quick 1000-litre refill out of contract with Calor at around 70p a litre.

    I've heard people mention standing charges - how does Calor collect this if im just paying for a one of £700 payment?


    It is very unusual for Calor to offer to deliver LPG without a contract.  The standing charge is normally about £65-£90 (more for an underground tank) and is invoiced annually.

    I would go back and check with Calor to see if they want you to take out a two year contract.

    You will discover that the glorious world of LPG is a minefield!  I know, I've had 40 years of it!
  • Sorting_Hat
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    edited 25 November 2022 at 1:54PM
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    Your referring to the tank rental, its their tank so even if you don't use it you still have to pay to rent it.
    To have it at your property.

    Whatever rent that was paid by the previous owners will have been part refunded back to them so you are liable for the new years rental starting from when you moved in.

    "If your out of a contract and you are responsible for the tank and it’s upkeep and maintenance"


    If out of contract you are still not responsible for the tank as it is not your property, it belongs to the LPG firm.

    So you cant shop around other than to change suppliers in which case the new firm buys the tank from the existing one and you rent from the new firm.

    Of course the exception to all this are those privately owned tanks. For that you will have proof of ownership in the form of the tanks test certificates back through the tanks life.

    I should add as well that yes there are a couple of independents that don't charge rental, but the majors and in fact the majority of firms do.


  • pinkteapot
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    Really unusual for Calor to have agreed to refill you without a contract. Have they definitely agreed to do this? 
  • pinkteapot
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    Mister_G said:
    tigertrio said:
    I've moved into a house with LPG and am going to get a quick 1000-litre refill out of contract with Calor at around 70p a litre.

    I've heard people mention standing charges - how does Calor collect this if im just paying for a one of £700 payment?


    It is very unusual for Calor to offer to deliver LPG without a contract.  The standing charge is normally about £65-£90 (more for an underground tank) and is invoiced annually.


    We're with Calor and pay it quarterly. 
  • Mister_G
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    edited 28 November 2022 at 7:52PM
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    I think it varies between suppliers.

    I'm very fortunate that my local independent supplier does not charge rental.
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