### Multiply this number by the price-per-kWh.

You may have a daily standing fee or a predetermined price for the first number of units utilized, followed by a lesser price for any additional units used after that.

## What is the formula for calculating my gas meter?

Gas bills show your usage in kilowatt hours, despite the fact that gas meters detect the volume of gas used in hundreds of cubic feet or cubic metres (kWh). The following is the industry standard formula for converting cubic measures to kWh.

- To figure out how many cubic meters or feet you’ve consumed, subtract your current gas meter reading from your previous reading.
- Multiply the ‘calorific value’ by the number of calories (find this on your bill, or ask your gas supplier).
- To calculate the cost of gas used, multiply the kWh value by your pence per kWh rate (found on your statement or inquire with your gas supplier).

## How much does a gas bill in the UK cost each month?

In 2021, the average gas and electricity bill in the United Kingdom was 111.6 per month (or 1,339 per year or 334.8 per quarter for those who pay every three months). The average monthly gas cost in the United Kingdom was 47.93 (143.80 per quarter). The average monthly power cost in the United Kingdom was 63.67 (191.01 per quarter). However, we now yearn for the figures from 2021. The price cap for both gas and electricity will increase to 1,971 per year in April this year, an increase of roughly 693 or 54% from 2021.

## How much does a British Gas unit cost?

*Electricity unit rate 28.34p per kWh + 45.34p per day standing charge, and gas unit rate 7.37p per kWh plus 27.22p per day standing charge Due to rounding, values may not match exactly.

Based on Ofgem price cap rates and a client who pays by direct debit and has a normal use pattern. Rates and standing charges are estimates that will vary depending on the region, payment method, and meter type. The new rates will take effect on April 1, 2022. Depending on your current account balance, your average monthly charges may vary.

## What is the formula for calculating a bill reading meter?

You can figure how much your electricity bill should be by conducting your own reading. One of three types of meters will be installed in your home:

Let’s look at how to get the reading from each type of meter before we show you how to calculate your energy usage.

Your electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours by your meter (kWh). One unit equals one kilowatt-hour. Your statement will usually include a cost per unit, which will come in helpful later when we break down the equation for you.

You’ll normally observe five separate dials while dealing with a dial meter. Use the number that was recently passed if the dial is between two numbers. Only read a number if the dial to its right has passed zero.

You’re undoubtedly curious as to what these statistics imply. They are, after all, symbols for the quantity of energy you consume. The more energy you use, the faster your dial will turn, raising the number on the dial. Consider it like the number of miles on your car’s dashboard. The more miles you travel, the more miles will appear on your dashboard. When it comes to reading your meter, the same principle applies.

Digital and smart meters are far more user-friendly and straightforward. You simply need to take note of the first five figures displayed on a digital meter. If, after the first five numbers on your meter, you observe a group of numbers that starts with 0.1, ignore them.

You can compute how much electricity you’ve used since your last electricity payment after you get your meter reading. To do so, locate your most recent electric statement and look at the reported reading. You’ll then deduct your current reading from the previous month’s reading. The total quantity of kWh you’ve used since your last meter reading is the outcome.

The reading on your meter will never be reset to zero. The number on your meter shows the number of kilowatt hours consumed since the meter was installed. As a result, this number will continue to rise, making it critical to compare your meter readings every month.

Energy companies may bill you based on an estimate created from your home’s historical use, which means you may be charged a higher bill simply because individuals who previously lived in your home utilized a lot of energy.

You’ll also need to know how much your utility company costs per kilowatt hour and if your account includes any fixed fees to compute your bill. You’ll be ready to go after you have that information plus the total quantity of kWh utilized since your last meter reading.

You’ll then multiply this figure by the kWh rate your electricity company charges, as well as any set costs.

- Total kWh used since the last measurement = Current meter reading meter reading indicated on last month’s bill

The equation above will assist you in keeping track of your energy usage. It’s a simple activity that, if completed, can help you save money on a monthly basis. If you care about the environment, you shouldn’t have to pay a hefty energy bill. Calculating it yourself will put an end to your exorbitant bill.

### Standing charge

This is a daily charge that is the same regardless of how much energy you use. So if you have no usage on a given day or have a lot of usage on a given day, you’ll be charged the same standing fee.

### Unit rate

This is the cost per unit of energy consumed each day. The cost of this component is entirely dependent on your energy consumption.

Both gas and electricity prices in the United Kingdom are measured in kWh (kilowatt hours). Your exact rate will depend on your location and pricing plan, but the national average for electricity is 14.37p per kWh. The average cost of gas is much lower, at 3.80p per kWh.

Cheap energy deals often have a low unit cost, but the standing fee must also be included when calculating the worth of any potential tariff.

### To convert imperial gas meter readings to kWh:

- To calculate the volume of gas utilized, subtract the new meter reading from the prior reading.
- Multiply by 0.0283 OR divide by 35.315 to convert from cubic feet to cubic meters.

## How much does it cost to heat a three-bedroom house in the United Kingdom?

In the United Kingdom, the average cost of electricity is roughly 28p per kilowatt-hour. Using the 3,000kWh number from previously, the average yearly bill is roughly 840, or 70 per month. If you’re not on a fixed rate, your real bill may be higher or lower than this because electricity prices fluctuate.

The monthly bill will also be affected by the supplier you choose. If you choose one of the more prestigious ‘big six’ energy providers, you will almost certainly pay slightly more than if you go with a smaller company.

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## Is British Gas exorbitant?

They are hampered by social responsibilities that do not apply to smaller providers.

They bear the brunt of these expenditures, which they can’t avoid passing on to their customers in the form of higher energy bills.

Our normal variable price is presently 121 cheaper than British Gas for Octopus. For a medium user, that’s 923 vs 1044.

For us, the liabilities would be around 40 per customer. Even if we were obligated and had to pass everything on to our clients, we’d still be 81 cheaper than British Gas.

A “price freeze till August” is only a prelude to a September price increase.

If British Gas raises their prices in line with the other Big 6 suppliers, they’ll be around 1120 per year, about 200 more than Octopus and 160 more than Octopus would be if we were required.

Simply put, British Gas is more expensive because it is less efficient and generates more profits.

“If you have a large consumer base and find that you can keep raising your prices, what are your options? You’d do it, wouldn’t you?”

It stands to reason that if a product is more expensive, the service a consumer can anticipate will be better.

Smaller suppliers are providing better service – simply look at Trustpilot, where we, and other new suppliers, have received over 9/10 ratings from genuine consumers, whereas the Big 6 are languishing at 5/10 and lower (down to 0.2/10!)

We’re also more environmentally friendly. Solar energy and sustainable energy created from plant stuff are leading the way.

So, if Iain is truly interested in learning why we’re less expensive and what true customer service looks like – we invite him to come visit us, speak with our team, and experience what best practice in energy looks like in 2017.