Average Gas and Electricity Consumption for Households

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If you're looking for the cheapest and best gas and electricity deal for your home, it helps to have as much information to hand as possible before you run an energy price comparison.

How and when you use gas and electricity will determine which type of tariff you should choose, along with how much you can afford to spend on energy each month. When working out how much you can spend, it helps to know whether you are a low, medium or high-energy user. That way, energy companies can offer you a precise quote, ensuring you aren’t left with an inaccurate bill after the first month.

What’s the average energy usage for a UK household?

Calculating the average energy usage for UK homes is difficult because there are so many factors that can affect how much you will pay, from how well insulated your home to the time of the day your household uses the most energy, average energy consumption figures can vary slightly.

Ofgem, the energy regulator, has created the following Typical Domestic Consumption Values (TDCVs), whihc are a set of estimates designed to give you an idea how much gas and electricity your home uses.

What is typical household gas consumption?

Consumption rate Usage (in kWh)
Low 8,000
Medium 12,000
High 17,000

Low household gas consumption is roughly defined as 8,000kWh, rising to 12,000kWh for average consumption and 17,000kWh for high consumption. Typically, gas usage increases by 2,500kWh for each extra bedroom in your home.

What is typical household electricty consumption?

Electrcity Profile Class 1

Consumption rate Usage (in kWh)
Low 1,900
Medium 3,100
High 4,600

Electrcity Profile Class 2

Consumption rate Usage (in kWH)
Low 2,500
Medium 4,200
High 7,100

Regarding electricity consumption, low consumption is estimated as being between 1,900kWh and 2,500kWh, medium-level consumption at 3,100kWh to 4,200kWh, while high consumption is between 4,600kWh and 7,100kWh.

These consumption rates are based upon your electricity profile class and usage increases by roughly 250kWh per extra bedroom in the house.

What are Electricity Profile Classes?

Electricity profile classes define the type of energy user you are, and can affect the unit rates that are offered to you when you run an energy price comparison.

There are nine classes in total, but only two are related to domestic energy usage.

Profile Class 01 - Domestic Unrestricted - The majority of households fall into this category, which is typically a low usage Class. Most home-run businesseses will also fall into this group and so don't usually need to switch to a business energy plan.

Profile Class 02 – Domestic Economy 7 - These are households with an Economy 7 Meter installed. This is known as a 'time-of-use tariff’ and is put in place to help smaller energy users save money between peak and off-peak times.

Time of use tariffs are usually offered as either an Economy 7 or an Economy 10 contract.

This type of contact features discounted evening rates and can save you money if you require energy predominantly during such periods. As always, to ensure you get the best possible tariffs, the experts at UKPower are on hand to provide you with all the information you require to make a much more informed decision.

Not only does this ensure you are getting access to the very best deals currently available, but it also provides much-needed peace-of-mind in that you can rest assured that you have reached the cheapest deal available to you.

What is an average household energy bill?

To help you work out what the average energy usage of homes in the UK is, we have created the following figures.

What is an average dual fuel bill?

House size Monthly cost Annual cost
1-2 bedroom £66 £795
3-4 bedroom £97 £1,163

What is an average gas bill?

House size Monthly cost Annual cost
1-2 bedroom £33 £396
3-4 bedroom £48 £576

What is an average electricity bill?

House size Monthly cost Annual cost
1-2 bedroom £34 £408
3-4 bedroom £49 £588

For homeowners wanting an average dual bill, monthly costs for a 1 or 2-bedroomed house will stand at around £66, rising to around £795 for the year. For larger, 3 or 4-bedroom houses, the monthly dual energy fees will be around £97, rising to £1,163 for the year. For electricity bills, 1 or 2-bedroom dwellings can expect to pay £34 per month, with this increasing to £49 per month for 3 and 4-bedroom houses. Finally, average gas bills for homes in the UK start at £33 per month for 1 or 2-bedroom houses, rising to £48 for a 2 or 3-bedroom house. These figures have been calculated using energy consumption estimates.

These estimates calculate that for a 1 or 2-bedroom house, average gas consumption currently stands at around 8,000kWh, with electricity consumption approximately 2,000kW. These figures rise to 12,500 kWh of gas and 3,100kWh of electricity for a typical 3 or 4-bedroom house. As with all estimates, there can, of course, be differences.

If you wish to get a much more accurate quote, UKPower will use the information you provide to find you deals that much more accurately reflect what you will be paying each month for your energy.

How much is your energy consumption costing you?

As has been shown, various factors can influence how much you pay for your gas and electricity requirements. Furthermore, numerous things can alter your average consumption, such as what type of equipment you use and how much of it. Even the day of the week and time year has an impact.

On average, a rough estimate of electricity consumption is around 8kWh to 10 kWh per day, while for gas consumption, the figure stands at 33kWh to 38 kWh daily. These figures are only estimates, and will most likely rise in the winter and fall in the summer.

As such, UK households can expect to pay around £1,200 a year for both gas and electricity for an average-sized home. Again, such figures can vary quite a lot, depending on factors such as average consumption, how well insulated your home is and market prices. Therefore, if you want to reduce your energy consumption and your monthly energy bills, you should perform a price comparison between what you are currently paying and what other energy companies in the UK are offering.

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