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Compare UK Energy Prices per kWh & Daily Standing Charge

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 rate for each kwh of electricity you use. This table updates automatically to ensure you have the most up-to-date view of the best electricity prices in terms of pence per Kwh.

Electricity Prices per kWh & Standing Charge

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

Supplier Tariff Average unit rate (pence per kWh) Daily Standing Charge
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 13.40p 23.00p Compare prices >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 v2 13.48p 23.00p Compare prices >
Neon Reef Coral 13.54p 13.00p Compare prices >
Green Anning 14.41p 21.00p Compare prices >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed january 2021 v3 14.47p 19.00p Compare prices >
People's Energy People's Energy Fixed Loyalty Tariff Jan 21 14.54p 21.00p Compare prices >
Green Poplar 14.72p 21.00p Compare prices >
Igloo Energy Igloo Pioneer 14.72p 22.00p Compare prices >

Gas Prices per kWh & Standing Charge

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

Supplier Tariff Average unit rate (pence per kWh) Daily Standing Charge
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 2.27p 21.00p Compare prices >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 v2 2.29p 21.00p Compare prices >
ScottishPower Super Saver January 2022 B3 2.70p 19.00p Compare prices >
Green Network Energy GNE Standard Var V1 2.72p 25.00p Compare prices >
So Energy So Bramble - Green 2.77p 25.00p Compare prices >
So Energy So Bramble Essential ? Green 2.77p 21.00p Compare prices >
SSE Southern Electric Standard 2.78p 25.00p Compare prices >
SSE Standard 2.78p 25.00p Compare prices >

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 unit rate in my region?

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

Across the UK, the avergae electricity unit rate per kWh is 14.40p. Here is the breakdown per region:

RegionAverage unit rate (pence per kWh)
London14.53p
South East14.68p
Eastern14.06p
Southern14.29p
South West15.54p
South Wales15.07p
Merseyside and North Wales15.18p
West Midlands14.25p
East Midlands13.86p
Yorkshire13.92p
North West14.27p
North East14.26p
South Scotland13.97p
North Scotland15.60p

What is the average electricity standing charge in my region?

The same applies to the daily standing charge. Across the UK the average daily standing charge for electricity is 20.58p per day.

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

RegionAverage standing charge (pence per kWh)
London20.39p
South East19.25p
Eastern20.26p
Southern20.28p
South West19.45p
South Wales20.30p
Merseyside and North Wales21.53p
West Midlands20.54p
East Midlands20.22p
Yorkshire20.53p
North West20.29p
North East20.63p
South Scotland21.47p
North Scotland20.73p

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 the cost of your energy bills, 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), 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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