Calculating the average gas and electricity bill across the UK is difficult as it depends on a variety of factors. However, according to energy market regulator Ofgem, the average dual fuel variable tariff as of April 2019 is £104.50 per month, or £1,254 a year.
Not shockingly, this is far from being the cheapest. In fact, Ofgem found the cheapest tariff available was around £880 a year, or just £73 a month.
This means that most people are needlessly paying too much for their gas and electricity.
What affects the average gas and electricity bill?
There are a huge number of things which can affect your gas and electric bills.
The size of your house or flat and the number of people living there has a significant impact. In fact, according to comparison site UK Power, while a one or two-bedroom flat costs £66 per month for gas and electricity, a five-bedroom house costs £137 per month.
But there’s a range of other factors, including insulation, when your home was built and the kind of light bulbs you use.
How long you’ve been with your supplier is also a key factor. Unfortunately, loyalty does not pay and if you’ve not switched supplier in a while, then chances are you’re paying a lot more than you should. Watt are you waiting for? Get switching!
But what if you’re only using gas or electricity, not both?
What’s the average gas bill per month?
The average annual gas bill for 2018 was £676, or £56.33 each month. Costs rose by 3.1% last year compared to the prices for 2017. The government’s statistics come from an annual use of 15,000 kWh/year.
What’s the average electricity bill per month?
For 2018, the average electricity bill per year was £699. That’s £58.25 per month, an increase of 7.2% on 2017. These numbers are based on the government’s figures for an annual consumption of 3,800 kWh/year.
What makes up my energy bills?
Your gas and electricity bills are not just the cost of the energy you have used. In fact, your energy bill is made up of lots of different costs.
The wholesale price of the gas and electricity (the amount it costs your energy supplier to buy it) makes up just over a third of your energy bill.
Networking, or the amount it costs to use and maintain the pipes and wires used to get the gas and electricity to your home, account for just over a quarter of your bill.
Operating costs, which are the expenses the energy company has to cover, make up around 17% of your bill.
Energy companies are also included in a number of government backed programs to save energy and reduce emissions. The cost of these is also passed onto users and adds about 8% to energy bills.
VAT (Value Added Tax), profit margins and other costs make up the remainder of your energy bill.
How can I use less gas and electricity?
Now you know the average gas and electricity bill across the UK and what makes up your bill, you might be thinking about how you can save energy and cut your bills.
Luckily there are a lot of ways to do this without even switching supplier.
Research by insurer Direct Line found the average UK household spends £80 a year on unnecessary heating. So, if you want to save on your energy bills, just be sensible about using your heating and lights.
Insulation is also very important, helping to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you don’t have decent insulation or double glazing, then you’re obviously going to have to spend some money to save.
But there is a silver lining if you’re a homeowner. According to Gocompare.com, energy efficiency is key to selling your home quickly.
Making sure you unplug phone chargers, not leaving things on standby and using energy efficient light bulbs will also help reduce your bills.
How can I spend less on gas and electricity?
If you really want to cut your energy bills, you will need to switch energy supplier.
When you first start using an energy supplier, you will probably be on a fixed tariff. This is where you are given a set unit rate for the energy you use. This deal can last for a year, or sometimes longer.
If you don’t switch, you will probably be moved onto a more expensive standard variable tariff once this deal ends.
Switching energy provider is a very simple process. Simply use a comparison site to find the best deal for you and choose which company to switch to. The new company you pick will do all the work for you and all you’ll need to do is give a final meter reading to your old company.
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