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?

FuelLevelConsumption per year
GasLow8,000 kWh
Medium12,500 kWh
High18,000 kWh
ElectricityLow2,000 kWh
Medium3,100 kWh
High4,600 kWh

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.

CountryPrice per kWh in GBP
United Kingdom16.84p

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.

Contact us to discover potential savings on your gas and electricity bills.

Average gas and electricity usage in the UK - Smarter Business