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Typical household energy bill to rise to £3,549

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

What is the energy price cap, and how much will the bills cost?

Plans to lower bills for homes using less energy during peak hours are anticipated soon as requests for greater financial assistance grow.


How much will I have to pay under the energy price cap?

The £3,549 price tag does not represent the maximum you will ever pay for your electricity. After the price cap was raised, it became the usual household's annual bill.

People who use a lot of energy will pay more, while those who use less will pay less.

For instance, four or five people living in a five-bedroom house would likely use the most energy, costing about $5,000. That represents around 25% of UK households.

A comparable number of modest energy consumers who reside in apartments or compact homes could pay roughly $2,000.

All of these invoices are based on the price limit, which establishes the maximum amount that energy providers may bill consumers per unit of energy consumed (the kilowatt hour or kWh on your bills). Additionally, it restricts the standing price, which customers must pay to be connected to the energy system.

The price cap is set by Ofgem, the energy regulator, based on how much energy providers must pay themselves for the electricity and gas they provide to homes. Every three months, it determines the cap on energy prices for England, Scotland, and Wales.

Although energy prices in Northern Ireland are independently regulated, they have also significantly increased.

How high may prices rise?

Under the current price cap, the mean annual bill is £1,971 ($2,017 for the 4.5 million houses with pre-payment meters).

It increased by 80% in October to £3,549, or £3,608 for those who use pre-payment meters.

Further gains are anticipated in January when the price cap is revised once more, according to analysts at Cornwall Insight. They claim that at that point, the normal annual bill will be £5,386 and that additional increases will follow.

However, Ofgem advises using "great caution" when predicting future price cap levels.

How can I reduce the cost of my energy bills?

The UK's electrical system operator, National Grid ESO, is set to announce plans in early September to provide discounts to homes that use less electricity during peak hours.

Customers who don't use energy-intensive equipment from 17:00 to 20:00 BST may be reimbursed for the energy they save.

Only homes with smart meters are anticipated to be eligible, and installing one can take a few weeks.

Making a few minor adjustments to energy usage, such as taking shorter showers and hanging up items to dry, according to the Energy Saving Trust, can also help lower expenses.

Tumble dryers utilize between 2 and 3 kWh, according to the Centre for Sustainable Energy.


Why is the cost of energy so high?

When the lockdown was removed and the economy started to normalize, energy prices increased significantly.

Additionally, they have grown due to Russia's drastic reduction in gas exports to Europe.

Gas prices have increased across the continent, including in the UK.

What impact does it have on customers?

Many people are predicted to fall into fuel poverty as a result of rising energy costs, meaning they won't be able to afford to maintain a comfortable temperature in their homes.

According to the energy firm E.on UK, one in eight homes is currently having financial difficulties. When the new price cap goes into effect in October, it states that this might increase to 40%.

In the absence of more government action to rein in price increases, the NHS has warned that an increasing number of patients may see their health deteriorate.

Many people will have to decide between skipping meals and keeping their homes warm, according to the NHS Confederation.

What assistance will I receive with my energy bills?

Starting in October, all households in the UK will receive a one-time £400 savings on their fuel bills.

More than eight million low-income households will also receive £650 if they receive benefits or tax credits.

Additional payments of £300 to homes with pensioners and £150 to those with disabilities are made.

Fifty disability organizations have urged contenders for the Tory leadership Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to pledge additional assistance.

Families in need can also apply for assistance through the Household Support Fund, the Warm Home Discount program, and hardship funds managed by energy providers.

What support will I get for my energy costs?

Every household in the UK will experience a one-time reduction in their fuel costs of £400 beginning in October.

If they get benefits or tax credits, more than eight million low-income households will also receive £650.

Pensioner homes receive an additional £300 payment, and homes for disabled people receive an additional £150 payment

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, two potential candidates for the Tory leadership, have been encouraged by fifty disability organizations to commit to providing more support.

Families in need may also apply for aid through the Warm Home Discount Program, the Household Support Fund, or hardship funds run by energy companies.


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