Annual domestic electricity bill in the United Kingdom (UK) 2007-2018

From 2007 to 2018, the average annual domestic electricity bill in the United Kingdom saw an overall increase. Those with a consumption of 6,000 kWh/year saw bills rise from 542 British pounds in 2007, to 785 British pounds in 2018. In the same year. The total household expenditure on electricity in the UK amounted to approximately 16 billion British pounds.

Direct debit payments consistently cheapest

Between 2010 and 2017, the annual bill for electricity consumption of 3,800 KWh was consistently cheaper for consumers using direct debit payment. However, in 2018 consumers using the prepayment method paid slightly less, at 648 British pounds. In the same year, domestic standard electricity payments via direct debit were highest in Scotland at an average of 581 British pounds.

European comparisons

Household electricity prices in the United Kingdom were some of the highest in Europe in 2018, at 0.22 U.S. dollars per kilowatt hour. However, these were significantly cheaper than in countries such as Denmark and Germany, where prices were more than 0.30 U.S. dollars per kilowatt hour.

Average annual domestic electricity bill in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2007 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2007 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Provisional data

The source adds the following information:"Bills up to (and including) 2006 relate to total bill received in the year, e.g. covering consumption from Q4 of the previous year to Q3 of the named year.
Figures are inclusive of VAT.
In Q4 2014 a £12 Government rebate was applied to electricity bills for all customers in Great Britain."

Bills are deflated to 2010 terms using the GDP (market prices) deflator.

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