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“£2,500” vitality value cap warning

There’s lots of confusion over the vitality value cap and value assure, with many individuals not realising how a lot their vitality invoice will actually be.

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From 1 October, a cap has been positioned on vitality prices often called the vitality value assure.

The federal government is subsidising vitality payments and limiting the unit charges that may be charged.

A determine of £2,500 has been given as a mean quantity a family can anticipate to pay.

Hassle is, folks have heard this determine and consider that’s the most they’ll pay – that that’s not the case.

You would possibly pay greater than £2,500 for vitality

New analysis from has discovered that 40% of households wrongly consider their invoice can’t exceed £2,500.

The £2,500 determine is an illustration of what an “common” family would possibly pay in the event that they use a “typical” quantity of vitality over a yr.

A typical medium family has been calculated as utilizing Typical Home Consumption Values from Ofgem:

12,000 kWh of gasoline

2,900 kWh of electrical

= £2,500 a yr in vitality payments

The £2,500 talked about is subsequently not a set higher restrict or the utmost you’ll pay.

When you use extra vitality, you’ll pay MORE than £2,500 and can see even increased payments.

Power value cap from 1 October

From 1 October, there’s a new value cap.

That is increased than we’re at the moment paying for the standard tariff however decrease than was initially given.

When you get your final annual assertion and take a look at how a lot electrical energy and gasoline you used, you may work out what your precise prices might be going ahead.

It would clearly be increased than final yr, and the one approach to get prices down is to scale back the quantity of vitality you utilize.

 Worth cap on unit charges from 1 October 2022
Electrical energy£0.34 per kWh

Every day standing cost: £0.4636

Gasoline£0.103 per kWh

Every day standing cost: £0.2849

Supply: Ofgem Twitter
Charges are averages and can range by area, fee technique and meter sort.
Contact your provider for personalised info.

Suppliers will not be allowed to cost you greater than the cap. Suppliers are additionally monitored to make sure they comply.

How the £2,500 “value cap” was labored out

Utilizing the everyday utilization figures for a medium family (3-bedroom home / 2-3 folks) and the 1 October value cap charges, you may see how the £2,500 was calculated:


£0.34 x 2900 = £986 unit price annual spend

£0.4636 x 365 = £169.214 annual standing cost

£1,155.214 whole electrical spend


£0.103 x 12000 = £1236 unit price annual spend

£0.2849 x 365 = £103.9885 annual standing cost

£1,339.9885 whole gasoline spend

Complete vitality spend, primarily based on “typical” figures = £2,495.20

person looking at energy bill

Ben Gallizzi, vitality skilled at, mentioned: “The Authorities’s measures will assist lots of households by means of the winter, however there’s nonetheless lots of confusion about what has been introduced. 

“You will need to do not forget that the worth assure of £2,500 is just a mean invoice — so you’ll pay extra if you happen to use extra vitality. 

“It’s attainable the announcement has created a false sense of safety for some, particularly for bigger households who could pay considerably extra this winter. 

“It’s actually essential that households observe their vitality and lower their utilization the place attainable – in addition to regulate all family spending. 

“In the intervening time you may not be capable of save relating to your vitality, but it surely’s nonetheless attainable to chop prices throughout your different family payments. 

“Reviewing your broadband, TV and cellular contracts, particularly if you’re out of contract, could possibly be a fast and easy approach to scale back your month-to-month outgoings. For instance, broadband customers whose deal has expired can save £162 a yr by switching to a brand new package deal.”

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