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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Your gas and electricity might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s important to pay attention to. For those that just let the monthly bills come and go without scrutiny, it’s easy to spend more than you should. This could be because you’re on an uncompetitive tariff, or perhaps you’re using more energy than you should.
A good way to start understanding this is to know what the average consumption is for your living situation. As always, we’re here to help and have put together a guide for the average energy costs
for a 2-bed house. You can thank us later.
How much electricity does a 2-bed house use
Typical electricity usage for a two-bedroom home sits between 2,500 and 3,000 kWh per year. Exactly how much you use depends on a variety of factors.
One important factor that will impact your usage will be the schedules of the people that you share your home with, as those who eat and socialise at the same times will ensure appliances are on less of the time.
Those who work from home on a regular basis will also notice that their consumption is on the higher end of the scale as laptops, screens and lights may need to be on during the day. Making sure you make good use of natural light where possible and keep appliances off when they’re not needed is a good first step to keeping a lid on your electricity consumption.
How much gas does a 2-bed house use
This will, of course, vary depending on the size of the house, but a typical 2-bed household could expect to us around 9,000-10,000 kWh annually. This might sound like a lot in comparison with your electricity, but gas is around 4 times cheaper, so as long as you don’t greatly exceed this figure then you should be fine.
The vast majority of this usage will come from heating your home, and you will find larger and older properties will require far more heat to keep warm. Living in a two-bedroom house will generally mean your house is on the smaller end of the spectrum, with fewer rooms and fewer floors to heat, meaning that you should be able to keep your home toasty for less.
The average electricity bill for a 2-bed house
Electricity in the UK costs, on average, 20p per kWh. Taking our earlier figure of 2,800 kWh, a two-bed household will spend around £560 a year, or £46 a month, on powering their property.
The actual cost per person will vary of course, depending on how many people occupy the house. Whilst two couples living together will use more energy in total than two individual roommates, the cost per person will be far less. If you ignore the dinners and holidays associated with being in a relationship, then sharing a room is a great way to save money through cheaper bills.
The average gas bill for a 2-bed house.
Your typical 2-bed house uses around 10,000 kWh of gas per year. As of September 2020, gas prices sat at around 5p per kWh, equalling a yearly cost of £500 and a monthly bill of £41.
Surprisingly, under half of what you pay is actually for the gas itself. The rest of your bill is made up of a myriad of different factors, such as tax, networking costs, or expenses due to environmental obligations that companies adhere to.
If you want to do your bit for the environment while saving yourself some money at the same time, it’s important to be as efficient as possible with your heating.
Will where I live effect how much I pay for energy?
Prices will vary in certain areas, with more remote locations potentially being more expensive and less desirable to service by the energy supplier. A lack of competition in hard-to-reach areas could also cause prices to be higher than locations with multiple options.
The main difference to your monthly bill will be down to environmental factors. A two-bed house in the north of Scotland, where it gets dark earlier and has long, cold winters, could cost considerably more to power and heat than a much larger property down south with a warmer climate.
How do I get the cheapest energy for a two-bedroom home?
There are various ways you can make sure you get a manageable energy bill each month.
Ensuring that your house is as energy efficient as possible is a great way to start; this could mean upgrading appliances to newer models that adhere to sustainability standards.
The best way is always going to be making sure that you have the best deal possible for your situation. This will always mean regularly checking up on other energy supplier to see what they have to offer. The process is quick, painless, and you can do so via our handy energy comparison tool. It only takes a second to show you what other options you could have in your area.