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Want to know if your electricity bill is higher than average?
There are big variations in electricity bills, depending on where in the country you live, how you use your electricity and which tariff you are on.
Here we look at average electricity bills in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and what to do if you think you are paying too much.
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Average electricity bill rises
Government figures show the average standard direct debit electricity bill in England and Wales increased by £13 from 2013 to 2014. Average standard credit bills increased by £17 and prepayment by £16.
For Scotland, the average standard credit and direct debit bills increased by £7, while pre-payment bills increased by £8.
These price rises are lower than seen in previous years and this is partially accounted for by the £12 rebate received by customers in Great Britain in late 2014.
In Northern Ireland, average standard credit and direct debit bills increased by £51 and £45 respectively, while average prepayment bills increased by £54. Find out more about managing your energy direct debit.
See the table below for more detail on how the average electricity bill has changed in the UK over the past few years.
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Are you paying more than the average electricity bill?
There are many different factors affecting your electricity bill and just because you are paying more than the average doesn't necessarily mean you are getting a bad deal.
Similarly, don't be complacent if you are paying less as it might be you could still cut your bill.
What about Economy 7?
Economy 7: 2014 figures show that an average standard credit Economy 7 bill in England & Wales increased by £29 compared to 2013. Average direct debit and prepayment Economy 7 bills increased by £21 and £27 respectively.
For Scotland, the average standard credit Economy 7 bill increased by £32, whilst direct debit and prepayment Economy 7 bills increased by £23 and £40 respectively.
These price rises are lower than seen in previous years and this is partially accounted for by the £12 rebate received by customers in Great Britain in quarter 4 2014
In Northern Ireland, the average standard credit and prepayment Economy 7 bill increased by £61, whilst average bills for direct debit payment increased by £47.
How to cut your electricity bill
Reduce your useage
Switch supplier or tariff
Be more energy efficient
What makes up your electricity bill