You already know that your energy usage can impact your gas and electricity bill. But even those in the high user energy group can cut their bills by ensuring they're on the right energy plan.
So, what are the different user groups and how do you find out which one you’re in? How can you effectively estimate electricity usage? Read on to find out.
Energy user groups — low, medium and high
There are three user group types — low, medium and high — and, as you probably guessed, these are defined by the average amount of electricity and gas you use over the year.
Energy plans are priced to appeal to certain user groups, so the cheapest gas and electricity plan for a low user will not be the best option for a high user.
Which energy user group am I in?
The easiest way to determine your energy user group and — and choose the appropriate energy plan for you — is to look at your property type and lifestyle:
**This table is based on the average users for each group. See the detailed breakdown of the kWhs per year usage for each group below.
What’s the best energy plan for my usage?
As you can see from the table above, when it comes to energy plans, one size does not fit all.
In other words, the cheapest energy plan for your next-door neighbour isn't necessarily the cheapest plan for you, as your energy usage could be entirely different.
The best way to answer the question “What’s the cheapest energy plan for me?” is to run an energy comparison that allows you to enter your usage details. This will help you find the best gas and electric plans for you.
Detailed description of low energy users
An average 'low user' is defined in terms of energy use, as using 1,650 kWhs of electricity a year and 10,000 kWhs of gas a year.
- Property - a small property, for example a 1 or 2 bedroom flat
- Occupiers - 1 to 2 people
- Lifestyle - employed full time, spends little time at home
- Usage - washing machine once a week, heating occasionally, no dishwasher/tumble dryer
Detailed description of medium energy users
An average 'medium user' is defined in terms of energy use, as using 3,300 kWhs of electricity a year and 16,500kWhs of gas a year.
- Property - a medium sized property, for example a 3 bedroom house
- Occupiers - 3 to 4 people (example 2 adults, 2 children)
- Lifestyle - children at school, parents at work, everyone home in the evening
- Usage - washing machine a few times a week, regular heating, occasional dishwasher, TV and electrical appliances in the evenings
Detailed description of high energy users
An average 'high user' is defined in terms of energy use, as using 4,950 kWhs of electricity a year and 28,000 kWhs of gas a year.
- Property - a large property, for example a 4+ bedroom house
- Occupiers - 4 or 5+ occupants (large family or shared house)
- Lifestyle - occupants could be home on evenings and weekends, sometimes all day
- Usage - washing machine nearly every day, regular heating, regular dishwasher use, regular use of a tumble dryer, multiple TV's and electrical appliances used
You should also remember that if your energy user group changes, the cheapest plan for you might also change. Compare gas and electricity prices online regularly and you can make sure you're always getting the best deal.