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In 2019, the average UK household spent £113 per month on gas and electricity (£54.6 on gas and £58.7 on electric). With energy costs accounting for nearly 5% of the average UK household budget, most people are acutely aware of their gas and electric bills. In fact, we spend around the same amount on energy bills as we spend on clothing and footwear.
In order to understand how much the typical household spends on their energy costs, we analyzed data from the Gov.uk. Our research splits out monthly gas and electricity bills across different geographic regions in the UK, so you can see how your utility bills compare.
How Much do UK Households Spend on Gas and Electricity Bills?
The average gas and electric bill in the UK in 2019 was £113.3 per month (or £339.9 per quarter, for those paying every 3 months). The average UK gas bill is £54.6 monthly (£163.7 per quarter). The average UK electric bill is £58.7 per month (£176.1 per quarter). Households spend 7.6% more on electricity than they do on gas for their homes.
|Average Gas and Electric Bill UK||Gas||Electricity||Total Gas & Electric Bill|
Are You Paying Too Much for Gas and Electricity?
Most people know that they might save money by switching energy suppliers, but did you also know that you can save money by changing the way you pay your gas and electric bills? In 2019, those paying on credit paid the highest energy bills. In this case, "credit" means you receive a bill (e.g., every 3 months), which you then pay by bank transfer, credit/debit card, with cash, through the post office or your bank, etc. By simply switching to direct debit payments, these households could potentially save around 8% on energy bills per year.
|UK Gas and Electricity Bills by Payment Type|
How Much do You Pay for Gas and Electricity, by UK Region
Households spend different amounts to provide energy to light and heat their homes, charge their phones and run their appliances depending on where they live in the UK.
Those living in the South West of England paid the most of any region in the UK in 2019 for gas and electric, spending £118.3 a month on energy bills per household (4.4% more than average). Households in the East Midlands spent the least on energy in 2019—£110.5 per month.
|Average Monthly UK Gas & Electric Bills by UK Region||Gas||Electricity||Total Energy Bill, per month|
|Merseyside & North Wales||£54.6||£60.1||£114.7|
Monthly Energy Costs According to Income Levels
Those with higher incomes are likely to have larger homes that require more energy to run, whether it's to heat and light more rooms or power, for instance, a larger refrigerator. We analysed family spending data from the Office for National Statistics and found that the highest earning households spent £1,498 a year on gas and electric in 2018, which was a whopping 82% more than the lowest earning households.
|Income Level||Annual Spend on Electricity and Gas|
|Lowest ten per cent||£868|
|Second decile group||£915|
|Third decile group||£1,040|
|Fourth decile group||£1,066|
|Fifth decile group||£1,092|
|Sixth decile group||£1,102|
|Seventh decile group||£1,097|
|Eighth decile group||£1,149|
|Ninth decile group||£1,212|
|Highest ten per cent||£1,498|
How to Save Money on Gas and Electric Bills
In order to save money on your gas and electricity bills, you might want to price check for the best deal on a comparison site (which you can do below) and consider paying by direct debit instead of credit. Plus you can try some of our tips on How to Save Money without Switching Energy Suppliers. Whether you are a Pay As You Go customer or have a credit meter, be sure to learn how to read your electric bill, so you're familiar enough with it to spot any errors.
^ Note, Gov.uk didn't include data for Northern Ireland average gas bills, so we estimated the average annual gas bill for NI households from family spending data from the Office for National Statistics.