What are the price cap unit rates?

What are the price cap unit rates?

The energy price cap is misnamed – there's no cap on how much you pay. If you use more energy, you'll pay more. The cap is on the standing charges and the unit rates for gas and electricity. Yet the cap is usually quoted as an annual figure, based on a typical amount of energy use (£1,971/year from 1 April).
 

But one of the questions we most often get asked is: "What are the actual unit rates and standing charges under the cap?" So we've listed the average rates below (for more on how it works, see Price cap FAQs).

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

  New price cap
(from 1 April 2022)
Previous price cap 
(until 31 March 2022)
Gas 

Unit rate: 7.37p per kWh

 

Standing charge: 27.22p per day

Unit rate: 4.07p per kWh

Standing charge: 26.12p per day
Electricity Unit rate: 28.34p per kWh

Standing charge: 45.34p per day
Unit rate: 20.8p per kWh

Standing charge: 24.88p per day
Rates and standing charges are averages, which vary by region. Assumes payment via direct debit and includes VAT (at 5%).
  • Prices vary by region – see regional direct debit rates and charges

    What are the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on direct debit for my region from 1 April?

      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: 7.23 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: 7.48 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: 7.52 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 

    Southern 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%).

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

  New price cap
(from 1 April 2022)
Previous price cap 
(until 31 March 2022)
Gas  Unit rate: 7.36p per kWh

Standing charge: 37.28p per day
Unit rate: 4.01p per kWh

Standing charge: 35.15p per day
Electricity Unit rate: 28.11p per kWh

Standing charge: 50.27p per day
Unit rate: 20.46p per kWh

Standing charge: 29.25p 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 are the price cap standing charges and unit rates for gas and electricity on prepayment for my region from 1 April?

      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: 7.26 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: 53.44 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: 7.46 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: 7.49 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 

    Southern 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%).

Key energy crisis need-to-knows

We've long warned the energy price cap is to rise by a massive 54% from Friday 1 April. Yet now, the harsh reality has hit home, increasing a typical bill to £1,971/year – up £700/year. And it isn't likely to get better, with another hike expected in October. Here's what you need to know about your energy bill changes and how best to keep costs down.

  • Most firms have shifted their rates to the maximum allowed under the cap. As expected, most of the big firms including British Gas, E.on and Scottish Power have hiked their standard tariffs to the max allowed – we've a full supplier-by-supplier round-up.

  • Pay energy by direct debit? Martin's 'urgent things to do now' video, including SHOULD YOU FIX? In Martin's new energy crisis monthly direct debit help video he explains...

    - Why you should be careful if you're thinking of ditching direct debit
    - And crucially, his best guess on whether you should fix right now

  • Is your energy bill going up by MORE than 54%? Martin's been inundated with questions from those seeing rises far above the price cap hike. So he's recorded a 'Why's your energy bill gone up by over 54%?' video & transcript explaining why and what to do about it.

  • 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 – we've the pros and cons of this and more in our Energy mythbusting guide.

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