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What is the average cost of utility bills per month?

With price increases happening throughout the year it’s difficult to know if you’re on the best deal for your utilities. The UK average for an electricity bill is £49 a month, the average broadband bill is £16.90 and it’s £48 for gas. If you’re paying more than this each month, could you be getting a cheaper price elsewhere?

Average gas and electricity bills per month

As of May 2018, according to Ofgem, the average variable tariff for a dual fuel customer was £1,138 per year which equates to nearly 5% of the average UK household budget.

Ofgem also found that the difference between the average Standard Variable Tariff of the six large suppliers and the market cheapest tariff was £350.

Although, if you live alone or there’s only two of you in a one or two bed flat, then chances are your bills are going to be lower. UK Power estimate gas at £33 a month and £34 for electric, which is less than half the cost of gas and electricity in a five-bedroom house.

Average water bill a month

Although these varies by region, Water UK estimate that the average water and sewerage bill is £33 a month. Those up in the North West of the UK will be paying £18 more a year compared to those in the South West who end up paying £14 less a year than the average.

How to save on your water bill

If you’re not on a water meter than have you considered getting one installed? You only pay for the water you use, instead of being on a fixed tariff where no matter how much water you’re getting through a month you end up paying the same amount.

Also, be mindful of the water you’re using. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, make sure you’re putting in a full load when using the washing machine and take a quicker shower instead of a bath in the morning.

Average monthly broadband bill

Broadband normally now comes packaged in a media bundle that also includes TV, so the average prices can vary. However, Ofcom’s figures say broadband costs on average £16.90 per month.

If you’re paying a lot more than this then make sure you’re actually using all that is included in your deal. Do you need the highest speed broadband, or all those channels included in the package? A survey by ONS found that, on average, people were paying twice as much a year on their phone, broadband and TV than what they thought they were.

Average phone bill a month

If you’re someone who likes to upgrade their phone when a new model comes out then chances are your monthly phone bill isn’t going to be cheap. The average price from Ofcom comes in at £45.60 a month, but if you’re happy with your handset then there are ways to lower this cost.

Switching to a SIM-only deal or making sure you’re on the right tariff for you and not paying for unnecessary data can both help to keep your monthly bill down. 

We’ve got lots of tips to help you save over on our My Money pages, including how to haggle with your provider to get a better deal.

Average TV cost per month

If you’re only paying for the licence and sticking to channels 1-5 or the Freeview channels then chances are you’re paying around £12.54 a month for a colour licence (£150.50 a year). If however you’ve got a TV subscription package then your monthly fee is likely to be more than double this.

Data by Is My Bill Fair revealed that the cheapest Sky package was £54 a month but the highest some people were paying was £116 a month. Virgin Media’s prices also varied with the prices ranging from £67 to £102.

How to get the best deal and compare

Comparison sites are your friend when it comes to making sure you find the cheapest deal for you. If you’ve been with your current providers for a long time or you’re paying more than the average figures we’ve highlighted in this post, then now is the time to think about switching.

There are a few general rules when it comes to how to use them. One big rule is to make sure you’re using different sites – so effectively comparing the comparisons because not all suppliers will feature on every site.

Also, be cautious of those ones that appear at the top of the results page in coloured boxes. These are sponsored deals and might not actually be the best value.

If you’ve seen a cheaper price elsewhere but you like your current provider then it’s always worth a phone call to ask if they can give you a better price.

Haggling could end up saving you some much needed £’s each month.

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