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What is the average gas and electricity bill?

This article explains the cost of an energy bill for the average UK household, based on usage and house size.

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I’m on a standard variable tariff, what is the average UK energy bill?

The table below shows the average energy bill by size of house, for customers on a standard energy tariff:

House size Monthly bill Quarterly bill Annual bill
Small house/flat

£67

£200

£802

Medium house

£97

£291

£1,638

Large house

£136

£409

£1,638

I’m on a fixed tariff, what is the average UK energy bill?

The table below shows the average energy bill by size of house, for customers on cheaper fixed energy tariffs:

House size Monthly bill Quarterly bill Annual bill
Small house/flat

£53

£160

£640

Medium house

£75

£225

£899

Large house

£103

£308

£1,231

Your household is considered a small house or flat if:

  • You use 2,000kWh of electricity and 9,000kWh of gas or less.
  • There one to two people living at your property.
  • You’re both employed full time and spend little time at home.
  • The heating is used occasionally, washing machine once a week and you don’t have a dishwasher or tumble dryer.

Your household is considered a medium house if:

  • You use 3,200kWh of electricity and 13,500kWh of gas.
  • There are three to four people living at your property.
  • You’re all at work or school in the daytime, but home in the evening.
  • The washing machine and heating are used a few times a week and the dishwasher is used occasionally.
  • The TV and electrical appliances are used in the evening.

Your household is considered a large house if:

  • You use 4,900kWh of electricity and 19,000kWh of gas or more.
  • There are four to five – or more – people living at your house.
  • You’re all regularly at home for evenings and weekends.
  • The washing machine is used nearly every day, the heating is on regularly, the dishwasher is used regularly, the tumble dryer is used regularly and multiple TVs and electrical appliances are used regularly.

What factors affect the cost of my energy bill?

There are a variety of factors that contribute to the amount you pay for energy, including:

Your household is considered a large house if:

  • Your region
  • Your energy tariff
  • Your size of house
  • Your energy consumption
  • Your chosen payment method (most suppliers offer a Direct Debit discount).

 

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