Do you ever wonder if you’re paying too much for your gas and electricity? Your energy bills are determined by many factors, including where you live in the UK, but how much are you paying compared to others in a similar situation to you, and whether you could be saving money by switching supplier?
Enter your details into our calculator below to see how your energy bills stack up against others in your area, to see whether you could be saving by switching your supplier.
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Where in the UK has the most expensive and cheapest energy bills?
In total, there were 242 local authorities that are currently paying more than the current price cap of £1,042, which is actually more than those who are paying less than the cap (£166). The place with the overall lowest energy bills in the country was Forest Heath, in Suffolk, where the average annual energy bill was just £792, 29.7% less than the price cap. Many of the other cheapest places were found in London, including the City of London (£825), Southwark (£826) and Lewisham (£863).
If your energy bills are higher than average, or above the price cap, this might be because you are on an uncompetitive or standard variable tariff.
To help reduce your bills there are a couple of steps that you could take:
1. Rather than boiling water in a pan, use your kettle (it uses less energy) and only fill the pan enough to cover whatever you’re cooking.
2. Make sure you don’t forget the kettle that you’ve just boiled! And try to only fill the energy with as much water as you’ll actually need.
3. Take a shower rather than a bath. A family of four swapping one bath a week to a five-minute shower could save up to £20 a year.
4. Wash your clothes on an eco-wash setting at 30˚C and wait until you have a full load.
5. Line-dry your clothes rather than using a tumble dryer.
6. Make sure all your radiators have thermostats and make sure you use them, turning down by just one degree can save as much as £75 a year.
7. Use energy-saving lightbulbs and be sure to turn off lights that don’t need to be on.
8. Clean the coils around the back of your fridge as dust can make it work harder. Also, be sure not to overfill it or leave the door open.
9. When possible only use one bowl of water when washing up. If using a dishwasher, be sure to fill it completely.
Remember, you could also save hundreds of pounds just by switching your energy supplier, so be sure to click here to get a quote and compare gas and electricity prices and ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible.
All data is sourced from comparethemarket.com from customer Energy Quotes between January to May 2020. When the “average price” is referred to, this is the mean average of the top five cheapest prices presented to a customer, where a consumer has clicked through to buy. Buying from the top five cheapest prices presented represents 90% of all energy comparison quotes.