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Budget Pay

What Is Budget Pay?

Our Budget Pay plan may be a helpful tool to more easily and conveniently budget for your electric costs by eliminating some of the highs and lows in your monthly bills.

With Budget Pay your electricity charges are spread out evenly over a 12-month period. The Budget Pay amount is based on the average of your most recent 12 monthly billings.

Once you request Budget Pay, your next bill will display you have enrolled. Your meter will still be read monthly and your bills will show your actual energy costs, but you will be asked to pay only your Budget Pay amount. The Budget Pay amount normally remains the same for the 12 months after you have enrolled.

This payment program is available to residential and small commercial customers that have received service at the same location for a minimum of nine months and don’t have an overdue balance. It may be best to wait on enrolling in Budget Pay if you anticipate any major changes in:

  • Lifestyle
  • Number of people living in the home
  • Appliances

These changes can drastically change the electrical use in the home.

Changes to Your Budget Pay Amount

The Budget Pay amount is reviewed annually comparing it to your actual usage. Any difference will be factored into the next 12 month Budget Pay amount. The Budget Pay amount is also monitored year round and sometimes may be changed if appropriate. These changes are only to ensure you're paying an average of what you actually owe throughout the year, and that a large account balance or credit isn't building up.

View our Budget Pay FAQs and other customer service questions and answers.


Log in or register to use myAccount and look for the "Sign up" for Budget Pay link by your Account Balance

Or call us at:

  • Treasure Valley
    208-388-2323


  • Outside the Treasure Valley
    1-800-488-6151

Personal assistance is available weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mountain Time. Please note: Monday is our busiest day. It may be easier to reach us Tuesday through Friday.

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