NEW analysis suggests the average Brighton household could be spending more than £3,000 a year on their energy bill as of October.
Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, announced last week that it would increase the energy price cap from October 1st.
This means the maximum price a supplier can charge for electricity will increase from 28p per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 52p per kWh on average, while gas will increase from 7p to 15p per kWh.
Including basic charges, this means that the average UK household on a variable tariff increases the energy bill by 80 per cent – from £1,971 to £3,549 per year.
Energy charity National Energy Action said millions are now facing a “big freeze” and urged the government to act immediately to provide more support ahead of winter.
Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that the average household in Brighton and Hove used a median amount of around 2,660 kWh of electricity and 10,594.85 kWh of gas in 2020.
A kWh is the amount of energy required to provide one kilowatt of power for one hour, and the median — the middle number in a row — is used to ensure the numbers aren’t skewed by extreme highs or lows.
One kWh would run an average oven for about 30 minutes.
At current prices, this means that the average household on a variable tariff in the region would pay around £1,750 a year for heating and fuel for their home.
But if the price cap is raised in October, this will rise to around £3,240.
Households with a fixed tariff pay for electricity at the current tariff until the end of the term.
Adam Scorer, chief executive of the NEA, said the extent of the damage being caused by rising prices needs to be contained and that warm homes will be a “pipe dream” for many this winter as they grapple with higher tariffs.
“Without bold action to support the most vulnerable and those on the lowest incomes, this will effectively rip their fingers off the cliff and push them over the abyss,” added Mr Scorer.
“The government must immediately improve the budget support package it first announced in May.
“Households need money in their pockets to weather this storm or we will see millions in dangerously cold homes, suffering from unimaginable debt and ill health.”
A government spokesman said direct financial aid targeted at the most vulnerable “will continue to reach people’s pockets in the coming weeks and months” and that preparations have been made for this support to be implemented as soon as possible when the new Prime Minister is in place.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20862096.average-brighton-household-spend-3-000-year-energy-october/?ref=rss An average Brighton household could be spending over £3,000 a year on energy as of October