Questions about UK business energy billing

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SMEasure Administrator

21 Jan, 2010 10:39 AM via web

Today we've launched some improvements to the feedback you receive about your buildings designed to highlight the cost-savings potential of following good energy-saving practices.

As well as the estimated annual energy use of your building, you can now see the estimated overspend (or underspend) for the year, compared to good practice benchmarks for your building type. See this FAQ for details on how this is calculated.

In the coming weeks, we will also be improving the treatment of tariffs in SMEasure. At the moment, these are merely indicative - you can only enter a single flat rate for electricity and gas for your business as a whole. This will change so that tariffs can be set for each building, to include peak and off-peak rates, standing charges and VAT, giving you more accurate cost projections.

To make sure these changes best address your needs, please help us by answering the following questions, either in the comments below, or by emailing

Our questions:

  1. Are you billed monthly or quarterly?

  2. Do you have a tariff structure whereby the first X units of energy are at one rate and the the next Y units are at another rate?

  3. Do you pay the full business VAT rate or is your building exempt so that you pay the domestic rate?

  4. Are you bills usually estimated?

  5. How often is your meter read?

  6. Would you be willing to send us an example bill so we can see how you are being charged?




  1. 2 Posted by lisa.pasquale on 07 May, 2010 11:29 AM

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    1- I have some buildings billed monthly, some quarterly... all depends on the structure of the local council

    2-some do, some don't



    5-usually monthly, though some FMs do it less.

    6-I don't have the authority to release that.

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