Price cap increase: How far does £139 go?

The cap is going up by £139, so we thought we'd see what that means in terms of everyday energy usage.

With Ofgem’s energy price cap set to increase by £139 to £1,277 from October 1st, you could see yourself paying more for your energy bills depending on the type of tariff you’re on.

Those on a standard variable tariff (or SVT) could be in for a surprise next time they check their energy bill after it comes into effect.

But what does £139 really mean? We’ve taken a look at what the new hike means in terms of everyday energy usage.


For £139, you could afford to run a microwave for 891 hours in a row. That’s a lot of pot noodles.

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Tea is the fuel that keeps Britain running, and for £139 you could make 5,560 cups of it, which is probably the average amount our office gets through in a year.

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Everyone loves a roast, and with the upcoming price cap increase you could run your oven for 463 hours. That’s at least two Christmasses.

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Washing machine

You could use the money you save by not having your bills raised by £139 to do 278 loads of washing. Handy if you’ve got kids drawn to all things jammy or muddy.

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£139 could allow you to pay for 17 years of average TV watching. Enough time to finally catch up on all those hit, 13-season American shows you’ve missed.

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Feeling hot under the collar? For the cost of the price cap, you could run a fan for 695 days straight. Which will be helpful if global warming gets any worse.

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Whether you’re a gamer, browser, or just love a spreadsheet (who doesn’t?), the price cap is enough to use your computer for a whopping 1985 hours.

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Games consoles

If you’ve just picked up PS5, you’ll be happy to know that £139 could fuel over 5000 hours of gaming, thanks to the energy efficiency of the latest generation of consoles. Or you could spend the money on maybe two games.

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