As professional electricians, we often get asked how much electricity the average person uses, but unfortunately there is no real “average” number since a lot of factors go into the amount of energy used in a home, office, or industrial location.
For example, if your building uses an old electrical system, it may not be fitted with energy saving devices, which could cause you to consume more electricity than similar locations that have been recently refurbished. The number of people using your building’s electricity, the type of electrical appliances being used, and even the placement of your windows can all impact the overall amount of electricity used.
Industry regulator, Ofgem, has recently qualified a “low user” as a household that consumes no more than 1,650 kWh (kilowatt hours) of electricity a year. A “medium user” as a household that uses 3,300 kWh of electricity, and a “high user” as a household consuming 4,950 kWh of electricity per year. To figure out what category you fall into, simply look at your latest electricity bill and estimate your yearly usage from that. To help people and electricity companies get a better idea of how much electricity is being used any given time, the UK government hopes to install real-time electricity meters in all homes by 2020. In the meantime, monitoring your own usage and reducing wasted electricity will help cut down your overall consumption.
Our team of electricians can help make your home or office as energy efficient as possible with our electrical installation services. For more information please contact our team today.