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Gas and Electric Bill Average 2019

There are a lot of factors affecting how much gas and electricity a household uses which makes it difficult to give an average figure for a UK average gas and electricity bill.

However if you take the latest November 2018 Ofgem figures that are correlated from the Big 6 energy providers in the UK the the average bill on the standard variable tariff comes to £1,2211.

Average Monthly Gas and Electric Bill Variations

As mentioned previously your bill is unlikely to be the same as the official Ofgem average as there are so many factors affecting cost. So let's look at the biggest factors affecting the cost of your gas and electricity.

The Size of your Home

You wouldn't expect a 1 bedroom flat to have a similar bill to a 5 bedroom detached house. One of the biggest factors affecting domestic energy consumption is the square meterage of your property.

A 50 square metre or less property on average uses about 7,000 kWh of gas per year. A larger building between 151 to 200 square metres will use 22,000 kWh a year.

The number of bedrooms is also an important factor that generally correlates with floor area, the more bedrooms a property has on average the more gas and electricity the household will use.

A property with 5 or more bedrooms will use 3 to 4 times more gas and more than twice as much electricity than a 1 bedroom property. About half of all properties in the UK are 3 bedroom dwellings, median consumption for these properties was 13,700 kWh for gas and 3,600 kWh for electricity.

The Type of Property

A typical purpose built flat uses around half the amount of gas as a detached house and just under half the amount of electricity. An end terrace property uses slightly more gas and electric than a mid terrace house.

The Number of Adults Living in the Property

Unsurprisingly the greater the number of adults living in a property the higher the gas and electricity usage. Households with more adults however use less energy per person compared to single person dwellings. Gas used for heating water does increase with a greater number of adults but central heating costs do not increase significantly.

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Gas and Electricity Usage Lookup Table

The table below shows the average gas and electricity usage (latest 2016 figures) in kWh based on the number of rooms and number of adults living at a property. As these are two of the most significant factors affecting energy consumption they give an accurate reflection of the UK average.

To use this table look down the left hand side to find the number of adults living in your property.

Move to the next column to find the number of bedrooms in the property.

The third and fourth columns show the average amount of gas and electricity in kWh typically used by that household.

You can uses this number as an estimate for your usage when giving figures on energy comparisons sites.

You can also use this figure to see if you are using more or less energy than the average UK household in the same circumstances.

Adults Bedrooms Electricity (kWh) Gas (kWh)
1 1 1800 6000
2 1 2200 6700
3 1 2500 7400
4 1 2600 8100
5+ 1 2900 9700
1 2 2200 8900
2 2 2800 10200
3 2 3200 10800
4 2 3500 11600
5+ 2 3600 12500
1 3 2500 11700
2 3 3400 12900
3 3 3800 13400
4 3 4200 14200
5+ 3 4500 15400
1 4 3200 15700
2 4 4100 16900
3 4 4500 17500
4 4 4800 18300
5+ 4 5200 19200
1 5 4200 21200
2 5 5200 22800
3 5 5600 23800
4 5 6000 24700
5+ 5 6700 25400

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Domestic Energy Usage as Defined by Ofgem

Gas (kWh)
Low : 8,000
Medium : 12,000
High : 17,000
Electricity (kWh)
Low : 1,900
Medium : 3,100
High : 4,600

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Low Energy Users

A household that has low energy usage will typically have 1 or 2 adults in the property which would typically be the size of a 1 to 2 bed flat or small bungalow.

There may be no-one at home during the day or the heating and electrical appliances are used minimally throughout the day.

Only 1 or 2 loads of washing may happen during the course of a week.

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Medium energy usage households tend to be 3 bedroom semi-detached or terrace with 2 to 4 adults living at home.

The property will usually not be occupied continuously but there will be people in the house at some points during the day and usually at night.

Not all of the meals will be prepared at home and there will be several washing loads carried out throughout the week.

High Energy Users

A high energy user household would typically be a 4 or 5 bedroomed detached house with 4 or 5 adults living in the property. You are more likely to have someone at home during the day and in the evening.

High gas and electricity usage homes tend to do at least one load of washing or more a day. All the meals will usually be prepared in the house more often than not which means regularly using an electric or gas hob and oven.

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Average Monthly Gas and Electric Bill

The short answer is £101.751 monthly which is the average variable tariff as of November 2018. The long answer is asking what's the average monthly gas and electric bill is like asking what's the average height of a person. The fact is that looking at the average is not going to reflect your circumstances.

You have to take into consideration that households vary greatly. Some homes are very well insulated whilst others have no insulation at all. Some households are frugal whilst others like to have the heating on full blast all winter and never switch anything off.

A small one bedroom home with one adult is going to have a much lower bill than a 5 bed detached house with more than 5 adults living in it.

The average monthly gas and electric bill for a 3 bed house is around the £85 to £115 mark.

The average gas and electric bill for a 1 bed flat is in the region of £55 to £75 a month.

The average gas and electric bill for a 2 bed flat is about £60 to £80 a month.

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How Much is the UK Average Gas Bill?

The average household in the UK uses 12,000 kWh of gas for heating and hot water according to Ofgem. At the time of writing (as prices change) this would translate to £33 a month if you were on the cheapest tariff (Outfox the Market at the time of writing) or as much as £65 a month with the most expensive supplier (at time of writing Ebico).

As you can see from the figures what the average person pays for the cost of gas can vary greatly an if with the wrong supplier can be paying twice as much as needed. So switching supplier could save you money on monthly gas bills or mean you could have the heating on for longer in the winter.

You can get a better estimate of what the average gas usage is for your type of household by using our gas and electric usage calculator.

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References

‣ https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/infographic-bills-prices-and-profits1