How can I find out my energy usage from my bill?
You’ll find a full breakdown of your energy usage and how much you’re being charged for it on your energy bill. Whether this reflects your actual usage depends on the bill.
There are two types of bills:
- Accurate - this is based on a recent meter reading, or on monthly readings that you’ve taken yourself, then sent to your supplier.
- Estimated - if your supplier doesn’t receive your meter readings, the amount of kWh you’re charged for will be based on approximations, such as previous energy usage and what time of year it is.
Estimated bills might not be accurate, so you could be paying more one month, and less the next. The only way to get an accurate bill is to take an exact reading of your energy usage and send it to your supplier – or get a smart meter installed. See our guide to smart meters.
If you’re not sure where to find what you’ve been charged for on your bill, take a look at our guide to understanding your bill for:
Checking your annual statement will give you an overview of your total energy use and how much you’ve spent over the year. You may also be able to see the seasonal variations of your bills. Some providers may show you how much your annual use compared with the previous year, so you can see if your energy use is increasing or decreasing longer-term. Others may show you your expected use for the coming year based on your previous usage history.
All the information you need to compare tariffs is in the statement, so when you get your statement it’s a handy reminder to run an energy comparison and see if you can get a tariff that works better for you.
The best way to get an exact reading of your energy consumption at any time and eliminate the hassle of reading your meter altogether, is to opt for a smart meter.