• Of the UK’s top ten local authorities with the highest energy bills, four – Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire, and Powys – are in Wales
  • London is the UK region with the cheapest energy bills (£606 a year) and Tower Hamlets in London is the local authority with the cheapest energy bills

 

Wales has the highest energy bills in the whole of the UK, new research can reveal.

Households in Wales spend an average of £800 a year on their bills – £60 more than the average UK bill (£757), and nearly £200 more than London, the UK region with the cheapest energy bills.

The research, by energy experts Boiler Central used new ONS data to analyse the energy bills in every region and local authority in England and Wales, to discover which area had the highest energy bills, and would be worst affected by the 54% increase in energy bills in April.

Of the main UK regions, Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands have the second most expensive energy bills (with residents paying £779 a year), followed by the East Midlands at £776 a year.

 

Energy bills by UK region

Region Annual energy bill (£)
Wales 800
Yorkshire and The Humber 779
West Midlands 779
East Midlands 776
North East 758
North West 752
East of England 737
South West 737
South East 719
London 602

Research also shows that of the top ten UK local authorities with the highest energy costs, four are in Wales.

Ceredigion has the highest energy bills in Wales and the second highest in the UK, with residents paying £1092 a year on their energy bills – £335 more than the average UK bill, and £669 more than Tower Hamlets, the UK area with the lowest energy bills.

Gwynedd has the second most expensive energy bills in Wales, and the fourth highest in the UK. In Gwynedd, households pay £1016 a year for their energy bills – £259 more than the UK average and nearly £600 more than Tower Hamlets.

Carmarthenshire also has some of the highest energy bills in Wales, and comes fifth in the UK for expensive energy. Households in Carmarthenshire spend £958 on their energy bills – £201 more than the UK average and £593 more than Tower Hamlets. In Powys, households spend £953 on their energy bills which is £196 more than the average UK bill, and £530 more than Tower Hamlets.

 

UK’s most expensive local authority for energy bills

UK area Rank Average annual energy bill (£)
Isles of Scilly 1 1,227
Ceredigion 2 1,092
Eden 3 1,056
Gwynedd 4 1,016
Carmarthenshire 5 958
Powys 6 953
Ryedale 7 939
Pendle 8 937
Derbyshire Dales 9 936
Richmondshire 10 933
UK average 757

 

UK’s cheapest local authority for energy bills

UK area Rank Average annual energy bill (£)
Tower Hamlets 1 423
Newham 2 458
City of London 3 474
Hackney 4 486
Southwark 5 504
Islington 6 512
Greenwich 7 527
Dartford 8 539
Lewisham 9 555
Brent 10 556
UK average 757

Myles Robinson, a spokesperson for Boiler Central, commented on the findings:

“Energy bills are already sky-high and with bills soaring by a predicted £600 in April, it is concerning to see the stark regional differences in energy bills across the UK. In some areas of the UK, Wales and the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall, residents are paying well over £500 a year on more on energy than the cheapest places, all of which are situated in London. It is those homes which are least energy efficient which will suffer the most from rising bills, as escaping heat will mean that your heating system works harder to compensate for the lack of warmth, costing you more.

The government is advocating heat pumps as a solution to soaring energy bills, but these will not be effective without proper floor insulation – which 65 percent of homes in the UK currently lack. While households can use some hacks to insulate their homes better, for example, buying inexpensive pipe insulation from a DIY store, unless something serious is done about the energy crisis, we will see many more households driven into poverty.

Some energy suppliers offer hardship funds, where you can get up to £750 off your energy bills if you are living in fuel poverty, so if you are struggling, it’s worth checking if your supplier offers this”

The UK’s top 50 most expensive areas for energy 

UK area Rank Existing dwellings New dwellings All dwellings
Isles of Scilly 1 1,250 670 1,227
Ceredigion 2 1,148 585 1,092
Eden 3 1,181 519 1,056
Gwynedd 4 1,069 454 1,016
Carmarthenshire 5 1,042 460 958
Powys 6 997 509 953
Ryedale 7 1,086 446 939
Pendle 8 968 462 937
Derbyshire Dales 9 1,033 431 936
Richmondshire 10 984 447 933
Isle of Anglesey 11 967 469 918
West Devon 12 998 409 909
South Lakeland 13 959 471 907
Melton 14 967 448 907
Staffordshire Moorlands 15 932 437 904
Castle Point 16 921 435 896
Pembrokeshire 17 961 422 896
Hambleton 18 997 437 895
Denbighshire 19 930 427 895
Harrogate 20 951 469 894
North Norfolk 21 953 448 892
Copeland 22 926 459 891
Hyndburn 23 911 413 886
Rutland 24 992 445 885
East Lindsey 25 953 428 881
Ribble Valley 26 1,017 443 879
Craven 27 954 486 879
Malvern Hills 28 992 398 878
Rossendale 29 916 496 875
Oadby and Wigston 30 902 392 870
South Hams 31 945 417 870
Bromsgrove 32 945 417 867
Herefordshire, County of 33 929 438 865
Allerdale 34 934 462 864
Maldon 35 949 404 864
Mole Valley 36 929 446 862
Bradford 37 913 438 860
Burnley 38 896 384 858
Broxtowe 39 889 382 856
Barrow-in-Furness 40 871 480 854
West Lindsey 41 934 440 854
Forest of Dean 42 962 406 853
South Holland 43 933 403 852
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 44 909 482 852
Calderdale 45 885 494 850
Rochford 46 908 409 850
Sevenoaks 47 916 400 850
East Riding of Yorkshire 48 906 436 846
North Warwickshire 49 899 388 846
Blackpool 50 866 382 842

 

 

 

 

 

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