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Ways to pay your energy bills

This advice applies to Northern Ireland

There is a variety of different ways to pay energy bills, and many energy suppliers will offer you a choice of how to pay. It is important to choose the right payment method for your needs. For example, you might find it helpful for your budgeting to pay a fixed amount each month. Alternatively, you might prefer to keep track of your energy use by receiving a bill at regular intervals which is based on your actual consumption.

This page provides an overview of the different payment methods you can choose to pay your gas and electricity bills.

Quarterly bill

Quarterly billing is one of the simplest ways to pay your energy bills. You receive a bill every three months. Most energy companies will accept payment by cash, cheque, standing order, credit or debit card, online or via special payment cards.

Direct debit

Paying for gas and electricity by monthly direct debit means your supplier will take regular monthly payments from your bank account. The amount taken is based on your annual energy consumption divided into twelve equal payments. If you pay for your energy by direct debit, you may be entitled to a discount.

Prepayment meter

A prepayment meter allows you to pay as you go for gas and electricity. You pay using a token, key or smart card, which you charge up at local stores. Prepayment meters can be a useful way to budget for energy. 

Paying your landlord for gas and electricity

If you are a tenant in a rented property, you might pay your landlord directly for gas and electricity.

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