Gas statistics

All the latest gas statistics for the UK.

Matthew Boyle
by , Mortgages & Utilities Publisher

Gas is an essential commodity to the UK, useful for everything from heating our homes to powering the iron and steel industry. We’ve looked into the latest statistics to see just how much gas the UK is using and producing, and to find out whether switching to a different gas provider could save you money.

Quick overview

  • The average gas bill was £16 more expensive in 2018 than it was in 2017.
  • Based on a model consumption, the cheapest region for gas is the North East at £623.
  • With the same usage, London is the most expensive region, costing £676.
  • This means that the same gas consumption would cost you £53 more in London than it would in the North East.
  • In 2018, 19% of UK households changed their gas provider.
  • 60% of customers have never switched providers or have switched only once.

How much are we spending?

Based on a model consumption of 15,000kWh, the Office for National Statistics has generated the average cost of a fixed and variable tariff in the UK. Overall, the average gas bill was £16 more expensive in 2018 than it was in 2017, at £646. As well as this, each year, a variable tariff has been shown to be more expensive than a fixed tariff.

Year Fixed tariffs Variable tariffs All Tariffs
2015 £649 £742 £714
2016 £561 £695 £650
2017 £562 £666 £630
2018(r) £605 £667 £646
*2018(r) represents revised data

Which regions are paying more for gas?

The total cost of your gas bill is dependant on many factors, but one significant factor can be where you live. The cheapest region based on a model consumption of 15,000kWh is the North East, at £623. If you live in London, on the other hand, the same consumption would cost you £53 more, at £676.

Region Gas cost (15,000 kWh)
South West £662
South East £661
Eastern £644
West Midlands £640
East Midlands £632
Yorkshire £624
North West £638
North East £623
Wales £646
Scotland £643
London £676

How much gas do we use and create?

The amount of gas produced and used in the UK has remained fairly consistent over the last four years, however, in this time frame, the demand for gas has always exceeded the supply. In 2018, the difference between supply and demand was 72 million cubic metres. This is, however, the lowest deficit in the last four years, with 2014 having the largest deficit of 350 million cubic meters.

Explore the graph below to see the trends in gas supply and demand in the UK since 2014.

Year Total supply Total demand Difference
2014 70,378 70,728 -350
2015 72,505 72,741 -236
2016 81,322 81,448 -126
2017 79,266 79,345 -78
2018 (p) 79,950 80,022 -72
*2018(p) represents predicted data

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