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Pay your bill online

Click here to pay online: Log in required with emaill address and ECE account number.


One-time Online Bill Pay

Pay your bill with a credit/debit card, without log-in requirement: One-time Online Bill Pay

How do I get the SmartHub mobile app?

Auto Pay

Auto Pay allows you to pay your monthly electric bill directly from your checking or savings account or by credit card. A statement is mailed to you each month to indicate the amount of the deduction. Or, choose Auto Pay with the paperless billing option and receive a copy of your bill electronically.


  • Deducts payments automatically from a designated checking or savings account or credit card
  • Payment is deducted on the due date of your bill
  • Receive a paper bill with enough time to review it before payment or choose paperless to receive a copy of your bill electronically

Access your account online by visiting SmartHub and set up Auto Pay today.

Or to participate in our Auto Pay plan, please complete the Auto Pay Agreement Form, sign and return to:

East Central Energy
P.O. Box 39
Braham, MN 55006

Budget Billing

In the land of four seasons, the weather often takes us on a rollercoaster ride, and the unpredictable ups and downs can be reflected on your electric bill.

ECE’s Budget Billing program helps take the bumps out. By averaging your energy cost based on your previous 12 months of consumption, your electric bill remains constant every month. Budget amounts are reviewed twice annually, in June and December, and adjusted to reflect changes in your energy use or the cost of electricity. You are always responsible for the actual balance on your electric bill, but you pay the budget amount monthly.

The program allows you to plan ahead for your energy expenses. There is no charge to join Budget Billing, and you may cancel at any time.

When to begin

If you have electric heat, arrange for our Budget Payment Plan in the spring. This allows a credit to be built up for the following winter's energy bill.

Budget Billing brochure

Contact Us for more information on budget billing.

Credit Card

ECE accepts VISA® and MasterCard® for payment of your bill and equipment purchases.

Pay online

Pay by mail

East Central Energy
P.O. Box 75530
Chicago, IL  60675-5530

Use automated phone system

Call ECE, 1-800-254-7944.

Special Arrangements

If you spend your winters in the warmer climates or are planning to be away for more than 30 days, please call 1-800-254-7944 to make arrangements for billing, payments, and meter readings (if necessary).

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