Average Gas and Electricity Bill per UK Household

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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 2017 the average UK household spent £102 per month on electricity and gas—around the same amount we spend on our clothing and footwear.

In order to understand how much the typical household spends on their energy costs, we analyzed data from the Office of National Statistics. Our research splits out monthly gas and electricity bills across different age groups, income levels and geographic ares in the UK, so you can see how your bills compare.

How Much do UK Households Spend Monthly on Gas and Electricity?

The average UK household spent £49.8 per month or £598 per year in 2017 to provide electricity to light their homes, run their appliances, charge their phones, etc. and another £46.80 on their gas bill each month, or £561.6 each year. Those living in the North West of England paid the most of any region in England, spending 3.9% more than average on energy bills per household.

Monthly Household Energy CostsGasElectricityTotal Energy
Northern Ireland£57.6£14.7£120.5
South West£40.3£50.3£97.9
East Midlands£45.9£48.1£99.2
South East£47.7£49.8£103.1
Yorkshire and The Humber£49.4£46.4£98.4
West Midlands£49.4£48.1£101.0
North East£50.7£44.6£96.6
North West£52.4£50.3£104.9
United Kingdom Average£46.8£49.8£102.3
chart of household costs of gas and electricity around the UK
The average UK household spends £46.8 on gas and £102.3 on electricity each month

Average Monthly Electricity Costs by Age

Energy costs are not the same for every household. Young people with smaller homes and who may be out working for most of the day tend to have the lowest monthly electricity bills.

AgeMonthly Electricity CostsQuarterly Electricity Costs
Less than 30£42£126.1
30 to 49£50.7£152.1
50 to 64£51.1£153.4
65 to 74£45.5£136.5
75 or over£42.9£128.7
All households£48.1£144.3
chart of UK household costs of electricity by age
Monthly electricity costs peak for those aged 50 to 64

Average Monthly Gas Costs by Age

As with electricity, gas bills tend to be lowest for those aged under 30 while those aged 50 to 64 spent 45% more on their gas bills each month.

AgeMonthly Gas CostsQuarterly Gas Costs
Less than 30£32.50£97.5
30 to 49£44.63£133.9
50 to 64£47.23£141.7
65 to 74£45.07£135.2
75 or over£39.87£119.6
All households£43.77£131.3
chart of UK household costs of gas by age
Monthly gas costs peak for those aged 50 to 64

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. In fact, the highest earning households spent £124 per month on energy bills in 2017, which was 61% more than the lowest earning households.

Income LevelMonthly Spend on Electricity, Gas and other Fuels
Lowest ten per cent£77.1
Second decile group£86.2
Third decile group£87.1
Fourth decile group£92.3
Fifth decile group£95.3
Sixth decile group£97.1
Seventh decile group£93.6
Eighth decile group£104.9
Ninth decile group£105.3
Highest ten per cent£124.4
All Households£96.2
chart of UK household costs of gas by income
Monthly gas costs peak for those aged 50 to 64

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, 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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