Gas guzzlers or careful consumers? In this infographic, we compare gas and electricity usage and costs 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

And what about the average cost?

According to 2018 figures from industry watchdog Ofgem, the average dual fuel variable tariff was £1,138 a year. 

Level Average Annual Utility Bill
Low£734
Medium£1,066
High£1,494

Figures from Co-operative Energy.

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

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 – World

In relation to the rest of the world, the UK has rather low consumption (3,100 kWh for a medium household). In fact, the United States consumes more than three times as much as we do (11,700 kWH per year); with Saudi Arabia consuming almost twice as much as the United States.

How do UK electricity 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 EUR – HouseholdPrice per kWh in EUR – Non-Household
Denmark 0.29840.0707
Germany0.30880.1557
Belgium0.28390.1147
Italy0.23010.1661
Portugal0.21540.1186
Spain0.24030.1148
Austria0.20340.1076
United Kingdom0.21220.1517
Sweden0.20150.0738
Greece0.16500.1059
Netherlands0.20520.0941
France0.17650.1024
Norway0.18670.0829
Poland0.13430.1003
Estonia0.13570.0197
Bulgaria0.99780.0887

Source

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.