If you’ve recently received your energy bill and want to know if this is higher than the national average, then read on to see if you’re being charged more than you should.
If you go onto any comparison website, you’ll probably notice that there are quotes for the average electricity bill for each household around the UK. This is derived from set figures that the energy regulator Ofgem have provided for all electric suppliers to use.
It’s fairly basic in its measure and is as follows:
The Ofgem figures are averages for all properties for all regions of the UK which will vary depending on the type of house or flat you live in. Your own consumption may change according to the type and efficiency of the appliances you use, and the size of rooms you heat and light.
|Property Type||Electric Usage||Gas Usage||Monthly||Yearly|
|1 bedroom flat||2,000 kWh||0 kWh||£26.50||£318.00|
|2 bedroom flat||2,000 kWh||8,000 kWh||£59.03||£708.40|
|2 bedroom House||3,000 kWh||12,000 kWh||£88.55||£1,062.60|
|3 bedroom House||4,750 kWh||17,400 kWh||£133.69||£1,604.37|
|4 bedroom House||6,000 kWh||22,600 kWh||£171.40||£2,056.88|
|Micro Business||5,000 kWh||4,500 kWh||£89.43||£1,073.15|
|Small Business||16,000 kWh||8,600 kWh||£203.60||£2,443.25|
|Medium Business||35,000 kWh||12,400 kWh||£392.34||£4,708.05|
Data per month and annually for residential properties is calculated at 15.9p/kWh for electricity and 4.88p/kWh for gas. Business electricity prices are calculated at 11.3p/kWh for electricity and 3.1p/kWh for gas with a daily standing charge of 30p and 71p respectively. VAT is excluded which is added at 5% for domestic users and 20% for commercial customers.
Most companies will then quote prices for paying by monthly direct debit which generally lowers the charges. Current rates for a British Gas standard tariff works out to be a yearly bill of around £1,207. Some providers are now including their various discounts within the unit rates to make comparisons easier and fairer.
The average annual electricity bill worked out on the above numbers for a British Gas standard tariff equates to £504 per year. The prices quoted always seem cheaper than the bills we receive each quarter. This is because these are averaged across all properties from studio apartments to large dwellings.
Most people in a 3 or 4 bedroom regular house would probably pay around £40-£60 per month and if you are in a 1 or 2 bedroom flat you should be paying a lot less.
However, there are areas in which these figures can be higher. If you’ve just received a higher than average bill, here are possible reasons as to why, and how to sort it out.
Most of the electric providers allow you to submit meter readings online, and British Gas has their energy smart programme which ties all this together. If you have been on low estimated bills for many months, your electric company will then want to increase your monthly direct debit to make up the deficit.
The best thing is not to worry, but if you find your bill has increased to an amount you are not comfortable with, or you have trouble paying it, then contact your energy supplier immediately. They can discuss ways to help with your payments and usage and hopefully put things right. The average electricity bill for a household in the UK is only set to increase over the coming years. Therefore, ensure you find the cheapest electric supplier and try to save what energy you are using on a daily basis.