Why is there a difference between the Balance/Credit on my monthly summary and the Homepage of my Online Account?

  • 6 October 2021
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I have always been aware of the Balance showing on the Homepage of the OVO Website and the Credit showing on my monthly billing. At he beginning of Setember the credit showing after my new bill was £67.53 but the balance showing on the homepage was £104.65. Since I have been aware of this for some time I took a screenshot of my homepage for proof. At the beginning of October my credit was £65.41 with my balance showing the same. They have now been realigned with a subsequent loss to me of £35.00. I confirmed with an OVO advisor yesterday that others had also noticed this so I am posting this to make others aware of this irregularity. I have a complaint outstanding with OVO but not answered. Has this happened to other OVO customers.?


Best answer by Blastoise186 6 October 2021, 12:38

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Updated on 03/05/22 by Jess_OVO​​​


I think I know what’s probably happening here. It’s worth noting that unlike other suppliers, OVO has the billing platform set up to do real-time balance updates whereas most other suppliers only update the balance after you make a payment, get a refund or a bill is generated. This might explain the discrepancy you’re seeing - don’t forget to check the Billing History tab as well, since this has a lot of transparency as to exactly what’s happening at any given time. Credit and Balance are the same thing for the most part in MyOVO.

The following events (among others) can cause your balance to increase:

  • Top-Up Payments
  • Monthly Direct Debits
  • Warm Home Discount
  • Billing corrections to fix overpayments
  • Manual corrections by OVO’s Support Team
  • Manual intervention by OVO
  • Reimbursements (such as after a complaint is resolved)
  • Guaranteed Service Standards
  • Or as required by the terms of your contract

The following events (among others) can cause your balance to decrease immediately upon triggering:

  • Meter Readings of any kind - including Estimated, Manual, Smart or via the Support Team
  • Daily Standing Charges
  • Bill generation
  • Add-Ons like OVO Foundation or OVO Beyond (exception: OVO Drive Anytime, which is a free add-on)
  • Refunds - but these will go back to your bank account
  • Failed payments (like a bounced Direct Debit)
  • Billing corrections
  • Charges
  • Manual intervention by OVO - only used if absolutely necessary

I hope this helps. Please let the Support Team know if you still think some of your account balance is missing and they’ll be happy to investigate. 


We’ve got more details on how our Live-Billing platform works over here.


Hi Thankyou for your reply it was most helpful. Spoke to OVO support and it turns out that a fault/issue in their billing system did not update my bill for yhe previous month for 26 days. What a shambles and in the words of OVO advisors do no always believe what you see on the homepage. Any way sorted and they are a good bunch and nice to kow OVO will survive

I cannot make head nor tail of my OVO account since migration from SSE (desperately want to move but don’t seem to be able to) - say for 2hrs on phone on 11 October and paid bill to that date - had previously been lied to by OVO and the lady i spoke to actually admitted in front of witness at my home visiting!!! so i have sent meter reading every month and pay once bill issued but opening balance is always more and getting more every month - how the hell do you get any useful help from OVO as i have just had another hour on phone and got told the lady will escalate my query as she didn’t know - how am i Meant to know if they don’t - but she is only an agent 😡😡😡😡🤬🤬 - will pay what my bill is for this month and god help them if they try and make a charge on me!!!! my opening balance doesn’t agree - my closing balance doesn’t agree and the balance on the app is even more - surely there is an easier way than this company!!!!!

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Hi @jefferson400 ,

It sounds to me as if is the most likely way to resolve this issue. If you haven’t already tried it, that’s what I’d recommend.

Believe it or not i have tried various ways to sort 

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Hey @jefferson400,


Sorry for the issues you’re having,


With OVO you’ll get a monthly statement if you pay on receipt of the bill, you just need to pay the amount owing when you receive this bill. 


The App and Online Account will show your live account balance so you can see how much your using in between statements. This means whenever you submit a meter reading, your account balance will update accordingly within 24-48 hours. We have a great guide about this topic: 



These similar threads might also be helpful:




Hope this helps.