Average Gas and Electric Bill per UK Household

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In 2021, the average UK household spent £111.6 per month on gas and electricity (£47.9 on gas and £63.7 on electric)—but this is set to rise with the energy price cap increase in April 2022 hitting £164 per month for those paying by direct debit. 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 2021 was £111.6 per month (or £1,339 per year or £334.8 per quarter, for those paying every 3 months). The average UK gas bill was £47.93 monthly (£143.80 per quarter). The average UK electric bill was £63.67 per month (£191.01 per quarter). But now we are longing for those figures from 2021. In April this year, the price cap will rise to £1,971 per year for both gas and electric—an increase of around £693 or 54% from 2021.

Average Gas and Electric Bill UK 2021GasElectricityTotal Gas & Electric Bill
Per Month£47.93£63.67£111.60
Per Quarter£143.80£191.01£334.81
Per Year£575£764£1,339
Column chart showing the average gas and electric bill UK per month and per quarter

And it's possible that energy bills could even rise to £3,000 per household, which would be devastating financially for many.

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 2021, 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 10% on energy bills per year.

UK Gas and Electricity Bills by Payment Type

Credit
£1,454.97

Direct Debit
£1,313.03

Prepayment
£1,332.37

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 Merseyside & North Wales paid the most of any region in the UK in 2021 for gas and electric, spending £115.6 a month on energy bills per household (3.6% more than average). Households in the East Midlands spent the least on energy in 2021—£108.4 per month.

Average Monthly UK Gas & Electric Bills by UK RegionGasElectricityTotal Energy Bill, per month
East Midlands£46.4£62.0£108.4
North East£46.0£62.6£108.6
Yorkshire£46.4£62.3£108.7
North West£47.3£62.1£109.4
West Midlands£47.8£63.2£111.0
Eastern£47.5£63.7£111.2
South Scotland£48.2£63.6£111.8
Southern£49.7£63.4£113.1
South East£48.1£65.5£113.6
London£50.1£64.0£114.1
South Wales£48.7£65.7£114.4
North Scotland£48.6£66.3£114.9
South West£49.4£66.1£115.5
Merseyside & North Wales£48.2£67.5£115.6
UK£47.9£63.7£111.6

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.


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