Compare Energy Prices per kWh across the UK - New Energy Price Cap 2022 rates included

The UK energy market has been in turmoil since September 2021 when wholesale energy prices rocketed to levels never seen before. Due to ongoing global tensions impacting supply, and the daily volatility of wholesale gas prices, the UK energy switching market has been on hold. In essence, this means switching to a cheaper energy tariff has been ruled out since September 2021 meaning the vast majority of UK homes are now on their energy supplier's 'Standard Variable Tariff'. Usually deemed as some of the most expensive tariffs, these tariffs are now significantly cheaper than anything else available on the market direct from your supplier.

For now, our advice remains to focus on reducing your energy consumption whilst remaining vigilant to any possible savings as and when the market returns. Check back regularly to see when that is.

The best energy deals on the market might not always offer the cheapest unit prices. This is due to the other factors such as the 'Standing Charge' that is applied each day whether energy is used or not. However, here we've pulled data in real-time from our database to show you the current deals on the market offering the very best unit rates for each kwh of gas electricity you use. The tables below update automatically to ensure you have the most up-to-date view of the best gas and electricity prices in terms of pence per Kwh.

Compare current electricity prices per kWh

In the table below, we show the cheapest electricity prices per kWh along with the daily standing charge cost:

Supplier Tariff Avg Electricity Price (p/kWh) Daily Standing Charge
OVO energy Simpler Energy 33.38p 37.00p Compare prices >
Utility Warehouse Value 33.39p 36.00p Compare prices >

For comparison purposes, energy prices shown above are based on the London region ONLY. Prices may vary depending on the region you live in. To see the best deals for where you are, run a comparison using our Ofgem approved energy switching tool.

Compare current gas prices per kWh

In the table below, we show the cheapest gas prices per kWh as well as the daily standing charge cost:

Supplier Tariff Avg Gas Price (p/kWh) Daily Standing Charge
Utility Warehouse Value 9.82p 25.00p Compare prices >

For comparison purposes, energy prices shown above are based on the London region ONLY. Prices may vary depending on the region you live in. To see the best deals for where you are, run a comparison using our Ofgem approved energy switching tool.

There are all sorts of costs that make up your energy bill, but when comparing gas and electricity prices, there are two you need to focus on:

  • Unit rate - Measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), this is the amount you pay for the gas and electricity you use. If you have a fixed tariff, the unit rate is fixed, but your bills will still vary depending upon how much energy you use.
  • Standing charge - This is a fixed daily fee to cover the cost of supplying gas and electricity to your house.

Although the cost of your energy bills ultimately depends upon how much gas and electricity you use each month, if you're looking for the cheapest energy deal, then choose the one with the lowest unit rate and standing charge.

What is the average electricity cost per kwh across the UK?

The average cost of electricity per kWh in the UK is 34.04p. Here is the breakdown per region:

RegionAverage Electricity Price (p/kWh)
London35.80p
South East35.31p
Eastern35.06p
Southern34.23p
South West33.86p
Merseyside and North Wales35.98p
South Wales33.97p
Midlands33.73p
East Midlands33.02p
Yorkshire33.03p
North West33.48p
Northern32.24p
Southern Scotland33.76p
Northern Scotland33.07p

Unit rates based on government's EPG from 1st October 2022 and inclusive of VAT.


When comparing the electricity unit rates you are paying, it is sometimes helpful to understand what the average electricity cost is in your region. This is because energy prices differ depending on which part of the country you live in.

What is the average electricity standing charge across the UK?

The average daily standing charge for electricity in the UK is 46.36p per day.

Use the table below to compare your daily standing charge for electricity, to the average cost per region:

RegionAverage Electricity Standing Charge (p/day)
London33.16p
South East42.68p
Eastern38.94p
Southern44.41p
South West52.64p
Merseyside and North Wales48.60p
South Wales49.17p
Midlands49.15p
East Midlands45.77p
Yorkshire49.55p
North West43.26p
Northern49.93p
Southern Scotland50.66p
Northern Scotland51.07p

Standing Charges Based on Ofgem price cap effective from 1st October 2022 and inclusive of VAT.


What is the average gas price across the UK?

The average cost of gas per kWh across the UK is 10.33p. Here is the breakdown per region:

RegionAverage Gas Price (p/kWh)
London10.51p
South East10.30p
Eastern10.31p
Southern10.46p
South West10.43p
Merseyside and North Wales10.34p
South Wales10.40p
Midlands10.33p
East Midlands10.24p
Yorkshire10.24p
North West10.33p
Northern10.20p
Southern Scotland10.28p
Northern Scotland10.28p

Unit rates based on government's EPG from 1st October 2022 and inclusive of VAT.


What is the average gas standing charge in the UK?

The average standing charge for gas in all regions is 28.49p per day. This is based on the new Ofgem price cap effective from the 1st October 2022.

What is a kWh?

A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of energy that suppliers use to measure how much gas and electricity you're using, and works out at 1,000 watts (W) - or 1 kilowatt (kW) - of energy used for one hour (h).

The amount you pay per kWh will depend upon your supplier and the type of tariff you're on. It's important to know what unit rate, so you know how much you're paying for the energy you use, and can use this figure when to comparing gas prices and electricity prices.

Working out how much energy an appliance uses

Choosing a deal with a lower unit rate is one of the simplest ways to cut your energy costs, but it also helps to switch to energy efficient appliances, or at least use your existing appliances more efficiently. That's why it helps to know how much energy your appliances use. Use our electricity cost calculator to find out.

The power of your electrical appliances, from light bulbs to washing machines is measured in watts. Once you know this figure, you can work out the running costs of any appliance by multiplying the wattage by the number of hours it's been used, then dividing this figure by 1,000.

A 50W light bulb, for example, would need to be switched on for 20 hours to use 1kWh of energy, while a 200W games console would need to be played for five hours to use 1kWh of energy.

Working out how much it costs to run an appliance

Once you know how much energy an appliance uses, you can then work out how much it costs to run by working out the electricity costs per kWh. To do this, just multiply the kWh used by the unit rate charged by your electricity supplier.

If you're energy supplier charges 14.40p per kWh (the current UK average kwh price), then it would cost you 14.40p to have that 50W light bulb switched on for 20 hours. If you went on a gaming binge, and played your 200W games console for ten hours, this would cost you 28.80p.

How your energy bill is calculated

Although the unit rate and the standing charge are the two things you should look out for when comparing energy tariffs, it's also worth knowing a bit about what costs go into making up those electricity charges.

According to Ofgem, the energy regulator, every dual fuel energy bill - whereby you have the same supplier for gas and electricity - is made up by the following costs:

  • Wholesale costs (37.59%) - This is to cover the price your energy provider pays for the gas and electricity it sends to your home.
  • Network costs (23.77%) - This is charged to pay for the cost of creating, maintaining and operating the gas pipes and electricity wires that transport energy to your home.
  • Operating costs (18.35%) - To cover the cost of running an energy company and pay for things like billing, customer service and IT systems.
  • Environmental/social obligation costs (11.34%) - This is to cover initiatives like the Warm Home Discount, as well as government programmes to save energy, reduce emissions and encourage take up of renewable green energy.
  • Supplier pre-tax margin (2.82%) - This is your supplier's overall earnings before interest, tax and other costs are deducted, like funding debt payments and government social scheme obligations.
  • Other direct costs (1.37%) - This covers administration costs, brokers' costs, intermediaries' sales commissions and any wider smart metering programme costs.

These costs won't be broken down on your energy bill, but will all be incorporated in the unit rate and standing charge.

Your bill will then include a separate charge for VAT, which is currently charged at 5% for households.

This means that, when you check your energy bill, it will show the following information:

  1. Your energy supplier's contact details
  2. Your customer reference number
  3. The date of the bill
  4. The billing period
  5. The amount of your last payment
  6. The cost before VAT is added
  7. The amount of VAT to pay
  8. The total amount to pay, including
  9. The name of your energy tariff
  10. A payment slip

A dual fuel bill will also show the meter point administration number (MPAN) and meter point reference number (MPRN) which are the unique numbers used to identify the meters at your property.

How to compare energy prices per kwh

The simplest way to compare energy prices per kWh is to run an energy comparison with TheEnergyShop.com. We'll show you a range of money-saving deals, alongside how much each could save you if you switch.

To start your energy comparison, enter your postcode and house number above, and we'll find a deal to cut the cost of your gas and electric bills. You just then need to choose the deal you prefer, and we'll help you switch energy supplier and save money.

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