Use the energy calculator below to see how your actual annual energy consumption compares to the average home in your area. It covers England and Wales and includes a gas and electricity cost calculator. For homes in Scotland see Average Energy Consumption Calculator – Scotland.
To use the energy calculator:
- Enter your property details .
- Look at the calculator results section. The energy calculator displays energy consumption and cost for a year, month and day.
- To include electricity costs & gas costs from your own bill (rather than the calculator’s default prices) adjust the sliders below the calculator results section to correspond with the tariff you pay (including VAT).
- Compare the results with the energy usage from your own electricity and gas bills or the annual energy statement provided by your energy supplier. Your latest bill should also contain an estimate usage for the last 12 months.
The default calculator settings use national information for all properties of all housing types and ages. It also assumes a gas connection and that the home is not using economy 7 electricity. 2020 energy costs are based on popular tariffs from major suppliers. Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) are calculated using Draft SAP10 figures.
For some combinations of property details there may be no data available; in this case chose the closest property match to your home. The calculator does not include space and water heating data for properties using unmetered fuels such as LPG, oil, wood or coal. For the closest comparison in this case use a property with a gas connection.
Enter Property Details
Enter your own property details and see the average energy use and energy cost for your type of property below.
Now adjust the sliders to use your own energy costs
Take these from your gas and electricity bills (inc VAT figures).
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What do you do with your energy consumption comparison?
When comparing your own energy use against the annual averages above, do allow for variations by season if using energy figures for a day a week or even a month. In winter, with central heating used much more, daily gas use will be much higher than the average daily gas use calculated above. Likewise, electricity use will generally be higher when nights are longer or when more cooked meals are prepared.
If your energy consumption is above average then there are a number of things you can consider doing.
- Improving insulation in your home to reduce gas bills
- Choose energy efficient electrical appliances and LED light bulbs
- Reducing the price you pay for your energy by finding a better deal with a new supplier
- Invest in solar pv panels to generate your own electricity
Reducing your energy usage is a great place to start. With a combination of measures it is possible to reduce consumption by 20% or more. See Ten Steps To Saving £1,000 On Our Gas Bill as an example. For other ideas, take a look at some of our recent articles:
- Insulate suspended timber floors
- Save Money By Studying Your Energy Bill
- Compare Gas Prices
- Consider solar panels
Where Does The Data Come From?
The energy calculator uses National Energy Efficiency Database (NEED) data for 2019 (data published August 2021) using meter point data to show the average electricity and gas usage for a specific type of property. The data shows metered usage of electricity and gas only, so use of fuels for space and water heating such as LPG, oil, wood or coal is not included. Typical pricing is based on the assumptions below.
Actual prices will depend on your supplier and tariff. The energy cost calculator assumes the prices below and that 40% of Economy 7 electricity consumption is at the night rate. These rates can be adjusted using the sliders.
Electricity cost calculator: 18.1p per kWh and a standing charge of 22.0p per day
Economy 7 cost calculator: 8.5p per kWh off peak
Gas cost calculator: 4.0p per kWh and a standing charge of 26.5p per day
Updated: 31 July 2020 to include 2018 NEED data release
Last Updated: 12 August 2021 to include 2019 NEED data release