Looking for a predictable monthly bill?

Tampa Electric’s Budget Billing program can help. It’s a free and easy way to take the highs and lows out of your electric bill.

With Budget Billing, your monthly electric bill will no longer be the total of your actual charges. Instead, it will be based on the average of your electric bills from the previous 12 months, so it is about the same every month.

  • For example, if the total amount of your last 12 electric bills was $2,400, your Budget Billing monthly bill would be about $200.
Total Electric Bill
Past 12 Months


Number of Months = New Monthly
Budget Billing Amount
$2,400 ÷  12 = $200


Say bye-bye to bill spikes!

How do you qualify?

  • You must be a residential or small business customer.
  • You must not owe an overdue balance or have a pending service disconnection order.

How does the program work?

While on the Budget Billing program, we'll continue to read your meter each month to determine your actual usage and cost; these amounts will be recorded on your monthly bill. While in the program, your bill will also show a “deferred balance”. The “deferred balance” represents the difference between your actual charges and your Budget Billing average monthly payment amount.

On your enrollment anniversary, and periodically at other times during the year, we will review your account to determine if your Budget Billing amount needs to be adjusted. Adjustments can happen if your usage or rates have changed. Your monthly billing amount may increase or decrease based on the new calculation of actual energy used. If the deferred balance is greater than zero, the difference will be included as part of your new average payment amount over the following 12 months. This means your new monthly Budget Billing amount will include 1/12th of your deferred balance. If your deferred balance is negative, you will receive a one-time credit that reduces your current charges.

Your deferred amount is immediately due if you disconnect service, stop participating or are removed from the program. If the deferred amount is negative, you’ll receive a one-time credit that reduces your current charges. If the deferred amount is positive, the entire balance will be posted to your account for immediate payment.

Important Budget Billing information:

  • Once enrolled, we will activate your request on your next billing cycle.
  • This program is designed to provide predictability. It is not a discount program.
  • There are no program fees or contracts. You can stop participating at any time.
  • To participate, your account must remain active and current.
  • The designated monthly amount must be paid.
  • Late charges may still apply.
  • If your account generates two service disconnect orders within 12 months for non-payment, it will be removed from the program, and cannot be re-enrolled for at least 12 months.
  • You will be notified by bill message of any changes to your Budget Billing amount.

To enroll in Budget Billing, click the button below, create a Tampa Electric online account if you don't already have one, and select Budget Billing on the settings menu in the lower right corner of the home page.

If you have any questions, contact us for assistance.