What is a no standing charge tariff?
Also referred to as zero standing charge tariffs, this is when an energy supplier offers a tariff without standing charge fees. Ofgem regulations in 2016 meant that suppliers were no longer required to put standing charges on gas and electricity bills. Whilst it is uncommon, there are a few zero standing charge energy deals available on the energy market.
However, not having to pay a standing charge doesn't always help businesses save money. To balance the loss of a standing charge, suppliers tend to charge higher unit rates on their business gas and electricity.
This means that if you consume larger quantities of energy, you are likely to be paying more than if you were on a standing charge tariff. However, the switch can ultimately help unique business models.
So, without standing charges, you effectively only pay for the energy that you use. This is a popular energy deal for a seasonal business or one that runs infrequently, as they only consume small quantities of energy throughout the year.
Having to pay a standing charge can be a devastatingly large fee for the energy you will never use! Due to the unique nature of these businesses, these gas and electricity tariffs are rarer across energy providers, especially within the Big 6.