Billing standards

Back billing is when a supplier sends you a bill to account for mistakes that have been made in calculating historic bills. For example, if there is an error with your unit rate we would correct this and send you a bill for the difference between what you paid and what you should have paid.

We realise how much strain back billing can put on small businesses so SEFE Energy has signed up to a set of voluntary back billing standards for micro business customers.
Both SEFE Energy and our micro business customers have responsibilities when it comes to billing. You can read more about your responsibilities in the voluntary back billing standards document.

Our commitments include:

We’ll adhere to the supplier responsibilities included in the voluntary standards document.

  • For our micro-business customers, in line with Ofgem regulation, you cannot be charged for gas and electricity used more than 12 months ago if you have not been correctly billed for it, or informed about it via a statement of the account before.  
  • For large organisations, the UK legislation is set at six years.
  • Upon discovering that a micro business customer has been incorrectly billed for their energy consumption, we’ll get in touch as quickly as possible. We’ll correct the billing rates and where appropriate and possible we’ll contact the customer before issuing a back bill. 
  • We’ll treat customers fairly when it’s necessary to issue a back bill by taking into the account the age of the bill, the length of the contract, the customer’s payment history and the circumstances that resulted in the back bill when setting repayment terms.

SEFE Energy is happy to answer any queries you have on our micro business back billing commitments.

Simply call 0161 837 3395 or email

Are you a Microbusiness and want to know more?  

Click here to read the Voluntary Standards for backbilling of microbusiness energy customers from Energy UK and ICOSS.

You can also contact any of the statutory bodies below for free advice if you have any concerns about your bills or payments.

Consumer Focus Extra Help Unit
Citizens Advice Bureau
Business Debtline