If you live in a large house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large kitchen or similar, your electricity bill definitely be higher than in a one-bedroom flat.
- the larger the property, the greater the energy consumption:
- big space needs more energy to heat up.
- The more people in the property, the more utilities you'll use.
BUT both things are affected by our energy consumption behaviour and how eco-conscious we are.
Why does it matter how much energy I use?
There are two reasons that your energy use is a big deal:
The environmental angle
- For most people, using energy produces carbon emissions, which are bad for the environment.
- The exception to this is if you're in a 100% electricity-based home, and your supplier is somebody like Octopus Energy, or another supplier than only provides renewable energy.
The money-saving angle
Unless you're on an Unlimited Energy contract, you'll be billed for every kWh/unit of energy you use, so it's smart to keep an eye on what you're using, and see if it might be more than average for your household type.
What are the different types of energy users?
Ofgem, the government energy regulator, proposed three major types of energy consumers, defined by their average annual energy consumption.
- The average energy usage by a household in this group is
- 8,000kWh of gas
- 2,000kWh electricity per year.
- Typically, low user lives in a one or two-bedroom flat, either alone or with another person.
- They're professional
- working full-time,
- Spending most of the time outside the house
- This means they use most of their energy at evenings or weekends.
- They also don't have high-energy appliances in the house like a dishwasher or tumble dryer.
A medium user usually lives in a:
- 3 – 4 bedroom property, with three or four other tenants
- Consumes 12,500kWh gas and 3,100kWh electricity per year.
- This could also be a small family.
With so many people in the same house, energy is being consumed all of the time, and high-energy devices like dishwashers and tumble dryers might be used often.
A high-energy user would:
- consume around 18,000kWh gas and 4,600kWh electricity per annum.
- They typically live in a big flat share with more than four people
- OR are a member of a bigger family, sharing a five-bedroom house.
- The daily energy usage is high since many devices are plugged and in use at the same time.
A very-high-energy user:
- consumes around 36000kWh gas and 7200Wh electricity per year
- Lives in a large student house or house share with six to seven bedrooms and at least two bathrooms.
- The sheer amount of appliances, devices, and likely frequent use of things like the dishwasher and tumble dryer lead to super high energy consumption.
Ofgem have put this together based on the data, and they're the experts! But there are always exceptions. A huge house full of super-energy-conscious people could end up using less energy than a small family who don't keep an eye on the smart meter.
It' really all down to lifestyle. With the right habits and behaviour you can save a lot of energy.
Here are some energy-saving guides to help you bring your energy use down, no matter how much you use right now: