What are the price cap unit rates?

Energy price cap calculator – how much will I pay from October?

And what are the unit rates?

The energy price cap is misnamed – there's no cap on how much you pay. The cap is actually on the standing charges and the unit rates for gas and electricity, and this means if you use more energy, you'll pay more. Yet the cap is usually quoted as an annual figure, based on a typical amount of energy use (currently £1,971 a year, but rising in October to £2,500 under the energy price guarantee).
 

How much you'll pay under the price cap guarantee from October

If you're currently on a price-capped standard tariff (it won't work for those on fixes), plug your figures in to the calculator for an estimate of what you'll pay under the new energy price guarantee...

The price cap unit rates & standing charges

UPDATED: Here are the average unit rates for dual-fuel customers paying by direct debit under the Government's new energy price guarantee...

On Eco 7, Eco 10 or other non-standard tariff? Firms should reduce tariffs so the reduction works on the weighted average of the combined rates (around 4p/kWh for gas and 17p/kWh for electric), but it's up to firms how they implement this, so we can't say for certain what the rates you'll pay are.

DIRECT DEBIT: What are the average price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity?

  New energy price guarantee rates from 1 October 2022 Current price cap
(until 30 September 2022)
Gas 

Unit rate: 10.33p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 28.49p per day

Unit rate: 7.37p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 27.22p per day

Electricity

Unit rate: 34.04p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 46.36p per day

Unit rate: 28.34p per kWh

Standing charge: 45.34p per day
Rates and standing charges are averages, which vary by region. Assumes payment via direct debit and includes VAT (at 5%). For those who pay each month after getting a bill, it's typically 6% higher.
  • Prices vary by region – see regional direct debit rates and charges

    What will the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on direct debit be for my region from 1 October 2022?

      Gas  Electricity
    North West

    Unit rate: 10.33p per kWh
     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.48p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 43.26p per day

    Northern

    Unit rate: 10.20p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 32.24p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.93p per day

    Yorkshire 

    Unit rate: 10.24p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.03p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.55p per day

    Northern Scotland

    Unit rate: 10.28p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day 

    Unit rate: 33.07p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 51.07p per day 

    Southern

    Unit rate: 10.46p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day 

    Unit rate: 34.23p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 44.41p per day 

    Southern Scotland

    Unit rate: 10.28p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.76p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 50.66p per day

    North Wales & Mersey

    Unit rate: 10.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day 

    Unit rate: 35.98p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.6p per day 

    London

    Unit rate: 10.51p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 35.80p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.16p per day 

    South East 

    Unit rate: 10.30p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 35.31p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 42.68p per day 

    Eastern

    Unit rate: 10.31p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day 

    Unit rate: 35.06p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 38.94p per day 

    East Midlands

    Unit rate: 10.24p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day 

    Unit rate: 33.02p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 45.77p per day 

    Midlands 

    Unit rate: 10.33p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.73p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.15p per day 

    South Western

    Unit rate: 10.43p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.86p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 52.64p per day 

    South Wales

    Unit rate: 10.39p per kWh 

     

    Standing charge: 28.49p per day

    Unit rate: 33.97p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.17p per day 

    Assumes payment via direct debit and includes VAT (at 5%).

    What are the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on direct debit for my region until 30 September 2022?

      Gas  Electricity
    North West

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh
     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 28.02p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 42.24p per day

    Northern

    Unit rate: 7.23p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 27.09p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.91p per day

    Yorkshire 

    Unit rate: 7.28p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 27.36p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.53p per day

    Northern Scotland

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day 

    Unit rate: 27.91p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 50.05p per day 

    Southern

    Unit rate: 7.48p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day 

    Unit rate: 28.46p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 43.4p per day 

    Southern Scotland

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 27.84p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.65p per day

    North Wales & Mersey

    Unit rate: 7.37p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day 

    Unit rate: 29.58p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 47.58p per day 

    London

    Unit rate: 7.52p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 29.63p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 32.14p per day 

    South East 

    Unit rate: 7.32p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 29.48p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 41.66p per day 

    Eastern

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day 

    Unit rate: 29.24p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.92p per day 

    East Midlands

    Unit rate: 7.28p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day 

    Unit rate: 27.63p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 44.75p per day 

    Midlands 

    Unit rate: 7.37p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 27.87p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.13p per day 

    South Western

    Unit rate: 7.48p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 28.41p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 51.63p per day 

    South Wales

    Unit rate: 7.44p per kWh 

     

    Standing charge: 27.22p per day

    Unit rate: 28.29p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.15p per day 

    Assumes payment via direct debit and includes VAT (at 5%).

UPDATED: Here are the average unit rates for prepayment customers under the Government's new energy price guarantee...

PREPAYMENT: What are the average price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity?

  New energy price guarantee rates from 1 October 2022 Current price cap
(until 30 September 2022)
Gas  Unit rate: 10.63p per kWh

Standing charge: 37.51p per day
Unit rate: 7.36p per kWh

Standing charge: 37.28p per day
Electricity Unit rate: 33.08p per kWh

Standing charge: 51.41p per day
Unit rate: 28.11p per kWh

Standing charge: 50.27p per day
Rates and standing charges are averages, which vary by region. Assumes payment via prepayment meter and includes VAT (at 5%).
  • Prices vary by region – see regional rates and charges for prepayment

    What will the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on prepayment be for my region from 1 October 2022?

      Gas  Electricity
    North West

    Unit rate: 10.61p per kWh
     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 32.52p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.33p per day

    Northern

    Unit rate: 10.54p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 31.30p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.97p per day

    Yorkshire 

    Unit rate: 10.56p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 32.07p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.58p per day

    Northern Scotland

    Unit rate: 10.59p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day 

    Unit rate: 32.12p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 56.10p per day 

    Southern

    Unit rate: 10.74p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day 

    Unit rate: 33.26 per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.48p per day 

    Southern Scotland

    Unit rate: 10.59p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 32.80p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 55.70p per day

    North Wales & Mersey

    Unit rate: 10.62p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day 

    Unit rate: 35p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 53.64p per day 

    London

    Unit rate: 10.79p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 34.82p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 38.28p per day 

    South East 

    Unit rate: 10.59p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 34.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 47.75p per day 

    Eastern

    Unit rate: 10.64p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day 

    Unit rate: 34.09p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 44.03p per day 

    East Midlands

    Unit rate: 10.54p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day 

    Unit rate: 32.07p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 50.83p per day 

    Midlands 

    Unit rate: 10.62p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 32.76p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.19p per day 

    South Western

    Unit rate: 10.75p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 32.91p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 57.67p per day 

    South Wales

    Unit rate: 10.65p per kWh 

     

    Standing charge: 37.51p per day

    Unit rate: 33.01p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.21p per day 

    Assumes payment via prepayment meter and includes VAT (at 5%).

    What are the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on prepayment for my region until 30 September 2022?

      Gas  Electricity
    North West

    Unit rate: 7.32p per kWh
     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 27.79p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 47.19p per day

    Northern

    Unit rate: 7.26p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 26.86p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 53.83p per day

    Yorkshire 

    Unit rate: 7.29p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 27.13p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 53.44p per day

    Northern Scotland

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day 

    Unit rate: 27.67p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.96p per day 

    Southern

    Unit rate: 7.46p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day 

    Unit rate: 28.22p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.33p per day 

    Southern Scotland

    Unit rate: 7.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 27.60p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.56p per day

    North Wales & Mersey

    Unit rate: 7.33p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day 

    Unit rate: 29.34p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 52.50p per day 

    London

    Unit rate: 7.49p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 29.39p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.14p per day 

    South East 

    Unit rate: 7.31p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 29.24p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 46.61p per day 

    Eastern

    Unit rate: 7.37p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day 

    Unit rate: 29p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 42.89p per day 

    East Midlands

    Unit rate: 7.28p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day 

    Unit rate: 27.40p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.68p per day 

    Midlands 

    Unit rate: 7.35p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 27.63p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 53.05p per day 

    South Western

    Unit rate: 7.49p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 28.17p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 56.52p per day 

    South Wales

    Unit rate: 7.38p per kWh 

     

    Standing charge: 37.28p per day

    Unit rate: 28.05p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 53.07p per day 

    Assumes payment via prepayment meter and includes VAT (at 5%).

ON RECEIPT OF A BILL: What are the average price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity?

  New energy price guarantee rates from 1 October 2022 Current price cap
(until 30 September 2022)
Gas 

Unit rate: 11.12p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 33.54p per day

Unit rate: 7.76p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 32p per day

Electricity

Unit rate: 36.80p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 52.40p per day

Unit rate: 29.85p per kWh

Standing charge: 51.16p per day
Rates and standing charges are averages, which vary by region. Assumes payment via direct debit and includes VAT (at 5%). For those who pay each month after getting a bill, it's typically 6% higher.
  • Prices vary by region – see regional rates and charges for payment on receipt of a bill

    What are the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on receipt of a bill for my region from 1 October 2022?

      Gas  Electricity
    North West

    Unit rate: 11.11p per kWh
     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 36.21p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 49.14p per day

    Northern

    Unit rate: 10.98p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 34.91p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 56.17p per day

    Yorkshire 

    Unit rate: 11.03p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 35.74p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 55.76p per day

    Northern Scotland

    Unit rate: 11.06p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day 

    Unit rate: 35.78p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 57.37p per day 

    Southern

    Unit rate: 11.25p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day 

    Unit rate: 37p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 50.35p per day 

    Southern Scotland

    Unit rate: 11.06p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 36.51p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 56.94p per day

    North Wales & Mersey

    Unit rate: 11.13p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day 

    Unit rate: 38.85p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 54.76p per day 

    London

    Unit rate: 11.31p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 38.66p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 38.49p per day 

    South East 

    Unit rate: 11.08p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 38.15p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 48.52p per day 

    Eastern

    Unit rate: 11.09p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day 

    Unit rate: 37.88p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 44.58p per day 

    East Midlands

    Unit rate: 11.02p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day 

    Unit rate: 35.73p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 51.78p per day 

    Midlands 

    Unit rate: 11.12p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 36.47p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 55.34p per day 

    South Western

    Unit rate: 11.22p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 36.61p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 59.02p per day 

    South Wales

    Unit rate: 11.18p per kWh 

     

    Standing charge: 33.54p per day

    Unit rate: 36.73p per kWh

     

    Standing charge: 55.36p per day 

    Assumes payment via prepayment meter and includes VAT (at 5%).

Energy crisis need-to-knows

Here's what you need to know about your energy bill changes and how best to keep costs down.

  • Energy bills will be capped at £2,500 a year for a typical household from 1 October for the next two winters. Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced an energy price guarantee, so the planned 80% rise to the Ofgem price cap has been cancelled. See Martin's 16 quick need-to-knows for consumers.

  • All households will receive a £400 energy bill rebate. It'll be paid over six months from October, but exactly how you'll be paid depends on your supplier and how you pay for your energy bills. See How major energy suppliers will pay your £400 grant.

  • Struggling to pay? Check out what help is (and isn't) available. Too many people risk the awful choice between heating and eating. Our Energy bills – struggling to pay? guide covers options and where to get help.

  • The other way to cut bills is, obviously, to use less. Our Energy saving tips help with the simpler stuff, such as turning your thermostat down and adjusting boiler settings. But other ways aren't as clear-cut, such as whether to leave the heating on low all day in the winter – we've the pros and cons of this and more in our Energy mythbusting guide.

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