Business energy arrears

​You may owe money to your business energy supplier if you have not paid a previous bill or if you don’t pay a regular amount towards future bills. Debts to your current business energy supplier are priority debts. This is because the law gives your energy supplier the power to cut off your gas or electricity if you don’t pay.

Extra advice:

previous suppliers

Money owed to previous suppliers can be treated as a non-priority debt as long as you no longer have any accounts with them.

Dealing with your non-priority debts

If you are behind with your business energy bills, work out what you owe and negotiate an arrangement to pay the arrears back. You can find out how to deal with your energy debt at Step 3 of our Four simple steps to dealing with your debt.

Dealing with your priority debts and Business gas and electricity for more advice and information.


If you owe money to the same energy supplier that you use for your business and your home, the supplier could cut off your supply at either property. They can only do this if the supply is in the same name at your business and your home.


back billing

Suppliers can ask you to pay up to six years worth of payments if you haven’t paid enough to cover the energy you have used in that time. Some suppliers have agreed to ask for payment for fewer years depending on the circumstances. Contact us for advice.