Average Gas and Electricity Consumption for Households


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When looking to find the cheapest, most suitable energy deal for your home, it is essential that you have as much information as possible. Your energy requirements and budget will determine which type of tariff you should choose. To figure this out, you’ll need to know what your average gas and electricity consumption is so that you can see 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 whether a house is adequately insulated, to what time of the day your household uses the most energy, average energy consumption figures can vary slightly.

The following estimates have been created to enable you to have a rough idea of how much gas and electricity your home uses. Low household gas consumption is roughly defined as 8,000kWh, rising to 12,000 for average consumption and 17,000 for high consumption. Typically, gas usage increases by 2,500kWh for each extra bedroom in your home.

Regarding electricity consumption, low consumption is classed as being between 1,900-2,500, medium-level consumption at 3,100-4,200 and 4,600-7,100 for high consumption. Again, usage increases by roughly 250kWh per extra bedroom in the house.

Another factor that can affect the price of gas and electricity consumption is an Economy 7 or 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. Firstly, 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, as well as what day and season it is. On average, a rough estimate of electricity consumption is around 8-10 kWh per day, while for gas consumption, the figure stands at 33-38 kWh daily. These figures are only estimates, likely rising in the winter and falling 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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