Fuel prices across the UK have soared due to the post-pandemic recovery, extreme weather events and global politics. The UK has seen record high prices for electricity and natural gas, with prices for the latter rising to more than six times October 2020 prices. And since 2017, the average electricity bill in the UK went from £593 to £765.
A number of energy providers went bankrupt last year due to soaring wholesale gas prices.
But some parts of the UK have been hit harder than others.
According to the latest data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), analyzed by energy experts, Boiler Central, Merseyside and North Wales have the highest electricity bills in the UK.
The costs faced by residents of these areas are almost £50 higher than the average annual electricity bills for the whole of the UK and £100 a year higher than bills in Northern Ireland, part the UK’s cheapest in terms of energy. costs.
But Northern Ireland has also seen rapidly rising energy costs, with a 36% increase since 2017 – faster than anywhere else in the UK.
On average, residents of Merseyside and North Wales pay £800 a year for their electricity.
Residents of northern Scotland face the second highest bills in the UK, with households paying an average of £795 a year on electricity, or £66 a month.
Households in this region, which saw a 7.4% rise in electricity prices in 2021, are paying an average of £30 more than the rest of the UK.
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Indeed, Londoners have the highest annual salaries of any region surveyed, averaging £31,878.
Myles Robinson, energy expert at Boiler Central, said it was becoming “impossible for families to meet these costs”.
He said: “The explosion in electricity costs across the UK is reaching crisis point.
“With bills set to skyrocket by another £600 in the spring, it is becoming increasingly impossible for families to meet these costs.
“Not only are energy prices rising for the country, but several parts of the UK are already dealing with the consequences of regional differences in electricity bills.
“Power generation across the UK isn’t as powerful – while some areas have richer sources of fossil fuels and renewable energy, some areas struggle to produce power as well as the rest of the UK, leading to higher costs and forcing consumers to spend a greater proportion of their wages on energy.”
He added that the crisis is unlikely to ease any time soon, saying the UK “is expected to see rising bills for some time”.
He said: “While it’s important for consumers to do what they can to reduce their home energy costs, including checking that their properties are well insulated and seeing if there are any quick fixes that they can adopt to reduce heat loss, such as bleeding radiators, turning off lights, and looking at smart thermostats that make your energy use more cost-effective – unless the UK comes up with larger-scale solutions to reduce the cost of energy, we will probably see rising bills for some time”.