Energy Trends and Quarterly Prices

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) produces regular reports on Energy Trends and Quarterly Prices. These provide information about the price of domestic fuels, including average domestic fuel bills broken down by fuel type and payment method.

These reports are available to download from BEIS. The first set of figures below represents UK figures. Specific Scottish figures which are produced annually are also available below. [2]. The second set of statistics is using cash terms, which means not adjusted for inflation. These bills are based on standard consumptions of 3,800kWh per year for electricity and 15,000kWh per year for gas.

Quarterly energy prices for March 2018 [1] show the following:

For the UK:

  • The price paid for all domestic fuels in real terms has risen by 4.5% in the year to Quarter 4 2017. Between Quarter 4 2016 and Quarter 4 2017, real terms prices including VAT for domestic electricity increased by 9.5% but domestic gas prices fell by 1.7%.
     
  • The average standard electricity bill in 2017, across all payment types has increased by £33 (5.7%) since 2016, from £586 to £619. However, the average 2017 gas bill across all payment types has decreased by £20 (3.1%), from £650 to £630. These bills are based on standard consumptions of 3,800kWh per year for electricity and 15,000kWh per year for gas.
     
  • The average combined bill for prepayment fell by £84, from £1,334 in 2016 to £1,250 in 2017, making credit the most expensive method of payment at £1,363. Direct debit is still the cheapest method of payment, with a combined bill of £1,209, £41 cheaper than prepayment.

For Scotland:

  • The average annual domestic standard gas bill for 2017 decreased for Direct Debit by £8 to £605, whilst Standard Credit and Prepayment bills both decreased by £8 (£688) and £78 (£626) respectively, resulting in an average of £640 across all payment types in cash terms.
     
  • The average annual domestic standard electricity bill in Scotland for 2017 increased for Direct Debit by £43 to £606, while average Standard Credit increased by £43 to £674. Prepayment remained unchanged at £627. This results in an average annual electricity bill of £636 across all payment types in cash terms.

More information is available by contacting the Energy Prices Analysis Team in BEIS. For household energy prices, the current contact is Nicholas Simmons 0300 068 8491 or Nicholas.Simmons@beis.gov.uk


[1] Quarterly Energy Prices, March 2018, BEIS and Office for National Statistics

[2] Annual Domestic Energy Bills, March 2018, BEIS and Office for National Statistics