Electricity consumption in the home varies significantly depending on the type of dwelling, lifestyle and number of occupants. The main sources of electricity consumption in households are domestic heating and domestic hot water. In apartment buildings, these electricity consuming elements are not charged to the resident's electricity bill, so the electricity bill is significantly lower than in detached houses.
Electricity contract tendering will be an important way to save on electricity bills, especially in electrically heated detached houses, where electricity consumption can be as high as 20 000 kWh per year. Competitive tendering can save up to several hundred euros per year.
Electricity consumption in apartment buildings
The electricity consumption of apartment buildings is generally quite moderate. Since the heating of the house and the domestic hot water is provided on behalf of the housing company, you do not have to pay for these costs with your own electricity bill. The electricity bill for apartment blocks is therefore made up of the consumption of the apartment's own electrical appliances. Refrigeration appliances are usually the largest consumer, followed by home electronics and cooking. Lighting usually accounts for a relatively small share of electricity consumption in an apartment building, around 10-15% of total consumption.
A typical studio apartment consumes around 1500-2500 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity per year.. If the refrigeration appliances in the apartment are small, there is no freezer and the laundry is done in the laundry room of the housing company, the annual consumption in a studio apartment can be less than 1000 kWh. At the other end of the scale, there are apartments with underfloor heating in the bathroom - unlike heating in the apartment, underfloor heating is charged to the tenant's electricity bill. The same applies to saunas with electric heaters - often the sauna is also usually reflected in the electricity bill, and the sauna heating can account for around 500-1000 kWh per year.
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Because of the square footage of the apartment itself, a two-bedroom apartment does not consume any more electricity than a one-bedroom apartment, because the heating is not done on behalf of the occupant. Electricity consumption therefore depends less on the size of the dwelling than on the number of occupants. In a two-person apartment, electricity consumption is usually in the range of 2000-3000 kWh per year.
The electricity consumption of a household of three people living in a triangle is usually around 2500-3000 kWh per year.
Electricity consumption in terraced houses
Electricity consumption in terraced houses varies significantly depending on the type of heating. If the apartment is heated by district heating, the electricity bill is not significantly different from an apartment in a block of flats. If the dwelling is heated by electricity, the electricity consumption of the home increases significantly.
The amount of electricity used for lighting in terraced houses is also usually higher than in blocks of flats. In many cases, for example in a two-storey apartment, it is easy to forget to switch on the lights on the upper or lower floors, which can increase electricity consumption in the long term.
Even in an electrically heated terraced house, consumption is still significantly lower than in a comparable detached house. In a terraced house, heat escapes less due to the smaller surface area of the external wall, which also keeps the electricity bill more under control than in detached houses.
In a two-person terraced house, typical electricity consumption is 2500-3500 kWh per year if the dwelling is heated by district heating. An equivalent dwelling occupied by three people usually consumes 3000-4000 kWh per year.
If the home is heated with electricity, the electricity consumption and the electricity bill will increase significantly. The electricity consumption of an electrically heated terraced house depends significantly on the construction and age of the dwelling and whether the dwelling is heated, for example, partly by a fireplace. However, a rough estimate of the electricity consumption of a two-person electrically heated terraced house is around 12 000 kWh per year.. Of course, the weather conditions of the year also play a role. When planning your budget, it is also worth remembering that the electricity bill in an electrically heated dwelling is significantly higher in winter than in summer.
Electricity consumption in a detached house
In a private house, electricity consumption varies significantly depending on the type of heating. Naturally, consumption also varies according to lifestyle, but electricity consumption can multiply if the home is heated by electricity.
Electricity consumption for a family of four in district heating in a detached house is typically approx. 5000 kWh per year. Similarly, a similar electrically heated detached house electricity consumption can be 20 000 kWh per year. When buying a new detached house, it is therefore worth paying close attention to the way the house is heated. In the case of an electrically heated detached house, the electricity costs for heating can easily amount to hundreds of euros per month. For a person living in an electrically heated detached house, electricity competition is therefore considerably more important than for a person living in an apartment block, for example.
How can electricity consumption be monitored?
Today, electricity consumption is not just a guess, but can usually be monitored in near real time. Many electricity companies have a dedicated phone app for monitoring consumption, where you can track and view your electricity consumption by time of day and day of week, for example. By comparing consumption with the weather, it is easy to see how much heating affects electricity consumption in an electrically heated house.
Electricity tendering can bring significant savings in minutes
Electricity tendering is an easy way to save money, and comparing contracts usually only takes minutes. In an electrically heated detached house, competitive tendering can easily save hundreds of euros a year, and even in a small apartment block the price of electricity can be reduced by buying a new electricity contract. Electricity contracts comparison and tendering is easy with the comparison table on the homepage, which makes it easy to find the cheapest contract.