Gas guzzlers or careful consumers? In this infographic, we compare gas and electricity usage in the UK.
The Average Gas & Electricity Usage in the UK
Ever wondered how your household gas and electricity consumption measures up against the rest of the region?
Average kWh per year
Take a look at your annual energy consumption. Is your usage high, medium, or low?
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Average kWh per day
The exact amount of gas and electricity used per day will vary depending on
- The appliances used on that day
- The day – people generally use more energy on a weekend
- The season – people generally use more energy in winter
The average household uses:
- Electricity: 8.5 – 10 kWh per day
- Gas – 33 – 38 kWh per day
How to calculate your annual gas and electricity cost
Estimating your annual energy cost is a good way to compare the tariffs of different providers with one simple figure:
(Your annual energy usage) X (The amount quoted per kWh) = Your estimated annual cost
E.g. 13213 kWh x 4.4 p/kWh = £581.37
The UK vs. the World
How much electricity does the UK consume per average household in comparison to the rest of the world?
Average electricity consumption per household – Europe
Compared to other European countries, the UK’s annual energy consumption is about average (around 3,100 kWh)
Average electricity consumption per household – World (2014)
In relation to the rest of the world, the UK has rather low consumption. In fact, the United States consumes around three times as much as we do; with Saudi Arabia consuming almost twice as much as the United States.
How do UK tariffs compare?
These are the estimated average per kWh electricity costs in different European countries. The graph shows that the UK’s electricity prices are reasonably priced in relation to other EU countries, especially considering that the average UK wage is much higher than that of countries such as Portugal and Spain, whose electricity prices are higher than the UK’s.
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These tariff differences add up, for example:
At 3,100 kWh yearly usage:
Denmark = 26.68p x 3,100 kWh = £827.08 a year
Bulgaria= 8.29p x 3,100 kWh = £256.99 a year
- A massive difference of £570.99 for the same product
With the increasing price of gas and electricity and a growing competitive market, these areas present households and businesses with the potential for simple savings.