You don’t have to remember to pay your bill – going through all the bother of arranging to pay by cash or cheque. And you won’t have to join the queue at the bank or post office. Instead, if you set up a Direct Debit, an agreed amount will be taken from your bank account each month on the date of your choice. Modern life is hectic, paying by Direct Debit helps by removing unnecessary hassle.
Choosing the right Direct Debit frequency
Budget Direct Debit
Budget Direct Debit is an easy way to pay for your energy – you set up a regular payment amount to come straight out of your bank account every month. It's a good way to budget – you pay the same amount every month, spreading the higher cost of winter fuel across the whole year.
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Direct Debit Whole Amount (Monthly)
Paying the whole amount each month by Direct Debit helps to ensure you're paying for what you use each month. It also helps you see how much energy you're using.
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Your monthly Direct Debit payments will be the same each month. However, we may increase or decrease the amount you pay to match your actual energy use over your billing period, based on actual meter readings when we receive them. We'll always let you know first of any changes.
We'll also do an annual review of your Direct Debit payments on or around the anniversary of when your Direct Debit was set up.
- Your contract price goes up or down – if more people are living in your home you’ll probably be using more energy. Your usage may go down if you're away from home for long periods of time
- You may use less energy if you get new, more energy-efficient appliances. On the other hand, an old or faulty appliance can consume more energy than expected
- Installing roof or cavity wall insulation could mean you use less energy for heating
- If you’ve just moved into a bigger property, you might consume more energy than you expect. And moving into a smaller property could mean smaller bills.
We’ll look at the amount you pay by Direct Debit on or around 12 months after it was set up, and then on each anniversary. This is known as your ‘annual Direct Debit review’. We might review it before this if, for example, we receive a meter reading, but this isn’t guaranteed. Where possible, we use any previous meter readings we have for you to determine what you're likely to use in the future. When it’s time for a Direct Debit review, we also take into account any outstanding balance on your account. We divide this cost into equal payments, which are spread across the plan.
Once we’ve completed your review, if we have an up-to-date meter reading for you and we find your account is in credit, we’ll refund you. If your account is in debit we’ll usually update your monthly payment amount to spread the outstanding balance across the following 12 monthly payments.
If you make any additional ’one-off‘ payments to us these will be taken into account at your next review.
After your annual review, if your Direct Debit needs to increase or decrease to match your estimated annual energy cost, we’ll let you know and make the updates to your account for you. If we carry out any ad hoc reviews then we’ll usually only make changes to the amount you pay if we think it needs to increase or decrease. We do this so that your payments don’t change too often and you continue to pay a regular payment amount.