What is the Average Gas Usage in the UK?

The latest figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) give an indication of the average gas usage and cost for domestic customers in 2017, broken down by region with average unit costs.

Where does the BEIS get its data?

The BEIS receives data directly from the main energy companies that supply gas throughout the UK. The suppliers provide the BEIS with figures for each tariff:

  • Standing charges
  • Unit costs
  • Split levels
  • Discounts
  • Number of customers
  • Tariff changes

They then split the tariff information by region and payment types.

Average gas usage has changed…

The BEIS bases its data on fixed consumption of 15,000 kWh per year. Interestingly, previous domestic gas estimates (from the 1990’s) were based on standard consumption levels of 18,000kWh. In recent years, however, the average gas usage of typical households has changed, leading the BEIS to revise the levels to 15,000kWh for gas.

Average domestic gas costs in 2017*

RegionUnit CostBill
East Midlands4,10615
Merseyside & North Wales4,20630
North East4,12617
North Scotland4,20630
North West4,16624
South East4,28641
South Scotland4,16624
South Wales4,25638
South West4,27640
West Midlands4,15623
Great Britain Total4,20630

*Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

How do these figures compare to 2016?

  • Average Direct Debit gas bills in Great Britain decreased by £6 in 2017 compared to average bills in 2016.
  • The average Standard Credit gas bills dropped by £10 in 2017.

What about average gas usage for businesses?

A simple way to compare your businesses’ gas to the average gas usage of other businesses is to break them down by size.

Here are the average gas usage figures for UK businesses, broken down by employee size:

  • 1-10 employees: 5,000 kWh – 15,000 kWh
  • 11-50 employees: 15,000 kWh – 30,000 kWh
  • 51-250 employees: 30,000 kWh – 65,000 kWh
  • 251+ employees: 65,000 kWh +

Although these figures and indicative of average gas usage for UK businesses, remember that every organisation has unique consumption habits. And no matter whether your business falls below or above these averages, it’s likely that your business stands to save on gas by having an effective energy strategy in place.

View our free Business Energy Saving Guide for solutions and strategies to save on gas.