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Your bill explained

Find out how your electricity or gas bill is calculated, what the different standing charges mean and how to understand your meter readings.

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Invoice Number

Your electricity bill has its own unique number, make sure to reference this (and your account number) if you have any queries.

2

Supply address

Address of the property where the electricity is being supplied to

3

Units

Units are different for each item:

  • Rate type (eg. Domestic Urban): Kilowatt hours (kWh)
  • Standing charges: Number of days in your billing period
  • PSO Levy: Number of months in your billing period
4

Maximum Import Charge (MIC)

The MIC is the maximum electrical load your connection can handle. If you need to increase your supply (eg. when extending your property) your MIC and your PSO Levy may also go up.

5

Rate

Your electricity rates vary depending on when you joined Airtricity, if you are signed up to eBilling, your payment method and meter type.

Your standing charges and PSO Levy are determined by whether you're an urban or rural customer, and also your meter type.

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Rate type

Your electricity rates vary depending on when you joined Airtricity, your payment method, meter type and whether you are signed up to eBilling.

If you see two different rates on your bill, this usually means that your rates changed during the billing period eg. the 12-month Introductory rates ended and you went up to Standard rates, or your rates went down because you switched to eBilling and/or Direct Debit.

7

Standing charges

Standing charges are a combination of the fixed charges associated with providing electricity network services and a share of the supply costs in servicing your account. They may vary by supplier.

8

Public Service Obligation (PSO) Levy

The PSO Levy is a government charge to cover the higher costs of peat and renewable energy.

9

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT is payable on electricity usage, standing charges and PSO Levy at 13.5%.

10

Total costs for this period

Your costs for electricity usage, standing charges and PSO Levy added together minus VAT.

11

Total charges for this period

Your costs for electricity usage, standing charges and PSO Levy added together including VAT.

12

Billing Period

The dates which this bill refers to

13

Payment Method

How you've chosen to pay your bills. You can also make extra 'top-up' payments at any time through any payment method.

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Payment Due

When you need to pay your bill by. For Direct Debit customers, this is the date that your payment will be taken out of your account.