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Energy stats UK
Discover the latest statistics on how Brits are using energy.
Brits have been mining oil since 1851, and now each day the UK’s 120 onshore oil and gas sites produce 20,000-25,000 barrels of oil. In addition to oil, the UK is a big producer of coal, which we use for generating power. When the coal plant in South Wales closes in 2020, there will only be 4 coal plants left in the UK. Coal is environmentally unfriendly, it’s very important that we find ways to produce energy from environmentally friendly resources to keep up with our energy demands.
In fact, the UK is the third biggest energy consumer in Europe with only France and Germany using more energy than us. We spend on average more than £1,100 per household on energy every year, but more than 18 million Brits don’t understand their energy tariff or compare providers often enough to realise the money they could be saving money. We unpacked the latest statistics to find out more about energy bills in the UK.
- On average we spend over £1,100 per year on energy bills (gas and electricity).
- We spend 4% of our annual income on our energy bills, 0.4% less than in 2015/16.
- Switching could save Brits on average £320 a year.
- 34% of Brits have never switched energy provider.
- While 1 in 4 Brits have only switched energy providers once.
- According to our 2017 survey results, 43.7% of Brits (18.16 million) don’t know or understand their energy tariff options
- 65.1% also feel as though they have no power over their energy costs
From where do we get our energy?
The amount of energy we produce from coal is very low because of the carbon tax. This tax was put in place to prevent people from using coal as an energy source because of how environmentally unfriendly it is. The most environmentally friendly way to source energy is through harnessing wind and solar power or via biofuels and waste and converting it into energy. Lately, the UK has been working towards being less dependent on coal based energy and the government is aiming to close down the remaining coal fired power-plants by 2025.
|Source||Percentage of our energy use|
|Wind and solar||14.20%|
|Biofuels and waste||9.50%|
The price difference is quite big, and unfortunately the most affordable option for the Brits is still gas.
|Fuel||Price per kWh (in pence)|
|Main gas standard rate||4.18|
|Electricity standard rate||20.6|
How much are we paying?
- We pay on average £1,117 a year for our electricity and gas bills combined.
- This takes up 4% of the average Brit’s income.
- Research from regulator Ofgem shows switching supplier or energy tariff can save around £320.
- 34% of Brits have never switched energy provider.
Who is paying the most?
- The average cost of energy bills based on these assumptions is £1,325.
- The region that would spend the most is the South West, at £1,379.
- Whereas the region that would spend the least is Yorkshire, at £1,281.
- London is the most expensive region for gas at £676.
- While North Scotland is the most expensive for electricity, coming in at £718.
|Merseyside & North Wales||£646||£699|
Are energy prices rising?
|Year||Average gas bill||Average electricity bill|
Switching energy provider
|Years since switching||Percentage|
|1-2 years ago||20.88%|
|3-5 years ago||17.58%|
|5-10 years ago||11.82%|
|In the last 12 months||27.18%|
|Over 10 years ago||22.55%|
Why aren’t we switching providers?
Top five perceived risks of switching energy supplier
|Costs might go up||26%|
|Might not save as much money as they thought||18%|
|Double/shock billing (being billed by both suppliers)||15%|
|Something might go wrong and they might get cut off||11%|
|Supplier they switch to might go bust||6%|
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