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why is it that the less energy i use the more i get charged. i have been using as little energy as possible, like most people these days money is hard to keep hold of. i did my sums and found if i add my standing charges to my gas usage it came to x amount of pounds, if i then divided x by the amount of kWh used i was paying 16.21pence per kWh the government and british gas claim 10.3pence per kWh, I am paying 50% more because i am trying not to use gas, electric is the same 52pence per kWh 20% increase So if you can afford it then use as much as you can it will be cheaper. yours very frustrated
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  • Merlin139
    Merlin139 Posts: 6,885 Forumite
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    jozpato said:
    why is it that the less energy i use the more i get charged. i have been using as little energy as possible, like most people these days money is hard to keep hold of. i did my sums and found if i add my standing charges to my gas usage it came to x amount of pounds, if i then divided x by the amount of kWh used i was paying 16.21pence per kWh the government and british gas claim 10.3pence per kWh, I am paying 50% more because i am trying not to use gas, electric is the same 52pence per kWh 20% increase So if you can afford it then use as much as you can it will be cheaper. yours very frustrated
    None of that makes any sense!

    Standing charges have nothing to do with the price of kWh price of Gas or Electricity.

    Its like adding the cost of Vehicle Tax Rates to the cost of Petrol of Diesel!
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  • Krakkkers
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    It seems on this board that standing charges are a good thing but i also see it as a dis incentive to cutting back.
  • BUFF
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    Not necessarily a good thing but on balance the least bad for most people.
    The distribution systems (& other obligations) need to be paid for somehow & this is the system that we have.
  • Krakkkers
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    Because i have solar panels and use no gas at all from april to october my bills during those months are around 60% standing charges.
  • DE_612183
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    The standing charges don't cover the use of actual gas / electricity  - they cover the cost of maintaining the infrastructure that delivers the gas and electricity and is shared by everybody who uses the infrastructure regardless of how much or how little they use.
  • MikeJXE
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    Krakkkers said:
    It seems on this board that standing charges are a good thing but i also see it as a dis incentive to cutting back.
    You are so right. I'm a low user too. If energy companies can't get you one way they will get you another
  • EssexHebridean
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    Krakkkers said:
    Because i have solar panels and use no gas at all from april to october my bills during those months are around 60% standing charges.
    At current prices, that is my position all year round. 
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    MikeJXE said:
    Krakkkers said:
    It seems on this board that standing charges are a good thing but i also see it as a dis incentive to cutting back.
    You are so right. I'm a low user too. If energy companies can't get you one way they will get you another
    It's not about "getting you" - It's about paying for the infrastructure that enables you to switch a switch and alight comes on - if you don't pay standing charges - how do you think money will be available to maintain the pylons and carry out repairs to all the cables etc?
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