To give you a forecast for your first annual Bill Smoothing cycle, we look at the payment amounts from your previous billing history.
Using this data, we can estimate your payment amounts from your last bill date plus one day, to cover any upcoming bills for the next annual cycle, which could be up to 16 months.
After your first annual cycle on Bill Smoothing, your next forecast will look at the previous 12 months’ data only.
We’ll create a new Bill Smoothing account for your new address, along with a new forecast to improve the accuracy of your suggested payment amounts.
Once you’ve reached the move out date for your current address, we’ll cancel Bill Smoothing for that account.
Your account will be in credit if you’ve paid for more energy than you've consumed.
If your account’s in credit by more than your next payment amount, you’ll be able to skip your next payment by rolling your credit over to your next payment amount.
If there is a credit balance, you can contact us to obtain a refund or leave it on your account. Note a credit balance will not be a factor when calculating a renewed Bill Smoothing payment amount.
To rollover your credit, please contact us.
You can take one month off your Bill Smoothing payments each year. We’ll simply smooth that amount over the remaining months of your 12-month term.
For example, if you make your Bill Smoothing payments weekly, you can take four weeks off individually or consecutively.
It’s up to you when and how you’d like to take your payment holiday.
Towards the end of each annual Bill Smoothing cycle, we compare your annual energy usage against our forecast. If your actual energy use was higher than we predicted, we may ask you to make a one-off payment to get your outstanding balance to nil.
If there’s no outstanding amount or if your account is in credit, your Bill Smoothing will automatically renew for the following year.
As a part of your annual review, you’ll also get a confirmation letter for your next year of Bill Smoothing. This letter will outline the year ahead with your new forecast, your payment amount and nominated payment frequency.
If you’re a Victorian AGL residential customer experiencing temporary or long-term financial difficulty which impact your ability to pay a gas and/or electricity bill, you’re entitled to assistance as part of AGL’s Payment Support Victoria program.
You will receive review letters twice yearly in line with your billing cycle.
Your bill includes details about your usage charges, fees, discounts and concessions.
A review letter details how your energy use is tracking against our yearly forecast. If your actual energy use is different to our forecast, the review letter will show how your payments can be adjusted to match your use.
You can change your payment frequency anytime by getting in touch with a member of our Messaging team here in My Account. They'll be more than happy to help you out. Alternatively, contact us.
Your payment amount may be changed if your actual usage differs from what we estimated your usage to be. If you have just recently received a Bill Smoothing review, you can take up on of the options online in My Account.
If your payment amount needs to change, you will be notified in writing. This may be the case if your actual usage differs from the estimated amount. If your payment does change, we will also notify you in writing of the new amount and when it will commence.
We encourage you to set up Direct Debit with your Bill Smoothing service. Once set up, your payment amount is automatically deducted from your nominated bank account at your nominated payment date.
If you do have Direct Debit set up, make sure your account has sufficient funds for the bill amount to be paid. Bank transaction fees and Government taxes may also apply.
If you are unable to make an upcoming payment, please get in touch with a member of our messaging team here in My Account so we can help you stay on track by applying a payment break or holiday. If you miss a payment without notifying us, your arrangement might be cancelled. Check your Bill Smoothing details and payments online in My Account or alternatively, contact us.
To keep monthly payments predictable, we set payments on the same date per month within the first 28 days of the month for customers who pay monthly and the same day of the week for weekly and fortnightly payments. Also please note for credit card payments, we only accept Visa and Mastercard. A payment processing fee may apply (GST inclusive).
Your Bill Smoothing arrangement is for one annual cycle. But you’re welcome to cancel Bill Smoothing at any time and return to regular billing.
Working in an annual cycle means your Bill Smoothing payments can be spread equally across all four seasons. We aim to have your account at a nil balance once your annual cycle is finished, ready for the next cycle.
Your yearly energy forecast is calculated using your historical energy usage and a number of other factors. This is then divided by your payment frequency – weekly, fortnightly or monthly – to find your recommended Bill Smoothing payment amount. If you're new to AGL or don’t have a usage history of a full 12 months, we will substitute any usage history we have for you over the last 12 months with data on other customers or households like yours.
There are different reasons why a transfer debit may appear on your invoice, some examples are:
1. A debt has been transferred from another contract (eg. an old address and you have just moved)
2. There has been a credit transferred between accounts and the debit is appearing on the original contract
3. A refund has been completed post transfer of credit
To ensure that we're giving you an answer that is relevant to your account, we'll need you to get in touch with our web chat team here .
I don't understand my bill. What can I do?
If you’ve received your bill and have some questions, the following resources might be helpful in reviewing the amount you need to pay and understanding your energy usage.
View an example bill
Learn about how we work out your bill, where to find your meter details and how we compare your usage to other homes with our bill explainer PDF. Available to view or download on our Sample Bill page.
Received a higher than usual bill?
If your bill is higher than normal, if may be due to a number of reasons. Explore what might be causing your increased bill through our article - My bill seems higher than usual, what should I do?
Having trouble paying?
If you're having trouble paying your bill, go to our Financial Hardship Assistance page for details on the ways we can help.
Want to reduce your usage?
Explore ways to save energy around the home on our Home Energy Saving Tips page.
Monitor and track your usage
Manage and check your energy usage using My Account or the AGL Energy app.
For more help, get in contact with our team. Please have your AGL account number handy.
Bill Smoothing is a great way to make your payments more predictable, as it reduces the impact of seasonal energy use, like using your heater over winter, or your air con in summer. And because your payments are more predictable, it helps reduce the stress of bill shock.
You can now set up Bill Smoothing in My Account.
Step 1: Log in to My Account
Step 2: Click Hi [Your name] ▼ > 'Account Settings', then under 'Billing and Payments' locate the 'Bill Smoothing' tile. Click 'Edit'.
Step 3: Select the fuel and payment frequency
Step 4: Select the start date and click 'Save'
When paying your bill via BPAY, you will need a biller code and a reference number.
The biller code is one AGL provides, and it depends on your account particulars. The reference number is specific to your account. Refer to the bottom page of your most recent bill, like this to find the biller code:
If you receive your bill via email, you'll find this information in the detailed PDF version of your bill. In the email, click Download your bill (PDF) - you'll be presented with your detailed bill, which includes all relevant payment reference numbers on the bottom of the second page.
If you don't have access to a bill, please reach out to our web chat team for assistance as your biller code can vary depending on the state you live in.
AGL have partnered with PayPal to offer AGL customers the option to pay their energy bills:
There are no fees to use PayPal
PayPal securely stores your financial information and does not share it
Your PayPal wallet can store a variety of funding sources, including PayPal balance, bank accounts, and credit cards including American Express.
Pay once-off using Paypal
To make a PayPal payment to AGL, click here.
AGL Customers who are registered for My Account can also make PayPal payments via the Billing page.
Set-up Direct Debit with Paypal
Direct Debit via PayPal is also available for AGL customers who would like the convenience of Direct Debit and the comfort of having payments automatically deducted via PayPal’s secure payment platform.
To sign up to Direct Debit via PayPal, you must have a PayPal account, and My Account. Sign up to Direct Debit via PayPal by logging into My Account.
1. How does centralised hot water billing work?
Centralised (or bulk) hot water systems are common in apartments and multiple residencies. Each residence will have an individual hot water meter connected to a central hot water system. Customers with centralised hot water are billed for the volume of gas used to heat the water based on the usage recorded by their individual hot water meter (see question 3 for more information on how your usage is calculated and billed).
2. How do I know if I have centralised hot water billing?
You will have an individual water meter for your apartment and a central gas hot water system for the apartment block or units. More information is available from your Body Corporate or Owners Corporation.
Understanding your bill
3. What is the common factor?
So your gas hot water usage can be calculated, the common factor is used to determine the amount of gas (in mega joules) required to heat a litre of water. It is calculated by dividing the total amount of gas used to heat the water (MJ) by the total amount of water (L) used as recorded by the central hot water system. The common factor is provided to AGL by your distributor who is responsible for reading the master meters (these meters are the ones common to the entire apartment block).
4. Why do you multiply my usage by 10 as well as the common factor?
[Information for NSW customers only excluding residents of Wagga Wagga and Tamworth]
If you live in NSW, you may notice that your usage has been multiplied by 10, as well as the common factor - this is because the hot water meter measures your usage in decalitre (a metric unit of capacity equal to 10 litres).
So in order to calculate your bill, we multiply your individual usage by 10 to determine your usage in litres, and then by the common factor (as the common factor is the amount of gas required to heat a litre of water).
Your Meter Reading = 1111 dl (x10)
Your Meter Reading in Litres = 11110
Gas usage of all units = 57544 MJ
Water usage of all units = 126190 litres
Common factor = 57544 / 126190 = 0.4560107 rounded to 0.456011
Energy (MJ) = 1111 x 10 x 0.456011 = 5066.28 rounded to 5066 MJ
Monitoring your usage
5. How do I read my meter?
On most hot water meters, you’ll see a series of numbers. The black numbers measure whole units and the red numbers measure decimals. By reading the meter at two different points in time (such as at the beginning of the day and at the end) you will be able to determine what your water usage is for that amount of time.
Pro-rata billing happens when our energy rates change during your billing cycle. For example, if the new rate begins on day 20 of a 30 day billing cycle, there are 10 pro-rated days on the new rates and 20 pro-rated days on the old rates. To work out your bill, we calculate your daily average energy use for the billing period. From this, we can work out your usage on both old rates and new rates, which are added together to make up your bill.
The supply charge also known as the service charge (or service to property charge), is the charge that applies for supplying electricity to your premises for each day of the billing period, regardless of how much electricity you use.
Electricity daily supply charges may vary depending on the electricity network region you are connected and what type of tariff you are on.
Supply charges are generally calculated as a contract term amount charged for each day of the time period covered by a bill. They are not related to the amount of energy used during the billing period.
Supply charges cover some of the costs of maintaining and operating the Distribution and Transmission networks (see explanation of Network Costs), and some of the operational costs of supplying our customers.
To arrive at the supply charge on your bill, we multiply the daily rate by the number of days your energy is supplied.