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Average Gas and Electricity Bill in Belgium

Average Gas Electricity Bill

Wondering what the average gas or electricity bill is in Belgium? How often do you need to pay? In this energy guide, we will cover those questions and more to make sure you know and understand the components of your energy bill.


Average Gas Electricity Bill

Average Gas and Electricity Bill

The average gas and electricity bill is dependent on a couple of factors. Firstly, what is the average consumption, and secondly what is the average price.

For the average consumption, we will take a look at several different household sizes, as per the table below:

Average Electricity and Gas Consumption
Household Size Electricity (kWhs/year) Electricity (kWhs/month) Gas (kWhs/year) Gas (kWhs/month)
Small

1200

100

2326

194

Medium

3600

300

12728

1061

Large

7500

625

23260

1938

The average cost of electricity in Belgium for the first half of 2020 was 27.92 euro cents per kWh, and an average of 4.96 euro cents per kWh of gas.

So the average prices per household size are as follows:

Average Electricity and Gas Bill
Household Size Electricity (€/year) Electricity (€/month) Gas (€/year) Gas (€/month)
Small

335.04

27.92

115.37

9.61

Medium

1,005.12

83.76

631.31

52.61

Large

2,094.00

174.50

1,153.70

96.14

Gas and Electricity Bill Breakdown, Understanding it all

Gas bill breakdown

No matter which energy supplier you are contracted to, you will receive an electricity and / or gas bill. However, it is not always easy to understand all the elements when analyzing the various cost items. In this section you will find a brief description of the various components of your energy bills and who is in charge of pricing them.

Price per kWh

This is the price set by your supplier. The price per kWh and the annual subscription fee (redevance fixe annuelle) are the only two components of your invoice subject to competition. The latter allows the energies to be delivered to your home.

Since there are about fifteen suppliers on the energy market in Belgium, we strongly advise you to compare the tariffs regularly in order to always benefit from the most advantageous prices. In addition, no contract is subject to commitment. This means that you can terminate it at any time and without risking payment of termination fees. You will need to give a month notice when switching suppliers and terminating contracts.

If you notice your price per kWh changing from month to month, that could be due to the type of contract that you have. In Belgium, there are normally two types of contracts: either a fixed price contract or a variable price contract.

The price per kWh is also dependent on the type of meter you have. If you have a single rate meter, then you will have the standard price per kWh. But if you have a dual rate meter, then you will have a day rate during peak hours, and a night rate during off peak hours.

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Transportation and Distribution Costs

transportation costs electricity energy

Transmission and distribution costs are set by your distribution supply network operator (Ores, Resa, Sibelga, etc.) and transmission supply network operator (Fluxys and Elia). They are added to your invoice but your supplier will pass them directly to the DSOs and TSOs.

Transmission costs allow electricity and gas to be transported from their point of production to the distribution network. As for distribution costs, they are used to route energy through the distribution network to the point of consumption such as your home.

The Taxes

Each electricity and gas bill includes federal and regional taxes, which can be as high as 21% VAT.

The taxes are used in particular to finance institutions such as the CREG, public service obligations, and also the social tariff dedicated to protected customers.

How Often Do Gas and Electricity Bills Come?

In addition to the components of your electricity and gas bills, it can also sometimes be difficult to navigate through all the different energy bills that exist. There are several billing frequencies, as well as types of bills which you will get from your supplier. We will go through each one below.

Regular Bills

Electricity Bill Breakdown

Your regular bill is called a deposit invoice (facture d’acompte), because it is actually a down payment, or deposit, you pay based on estimated consumption. The estimate is based on the previous year's consumption. In agreement with your supplier, you can choose the amount and during the year, lower or increase it if you wish.

If you are new in your residence, then we suggest you monitor your consumption for the first few months, especially in the winter, and adjust your monthly payment accordingly so you do not end up with any surprises at your year end invoice.

In general, you can receive your regular bill either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.

Adjustment Invoice

Your year end invoice, or “adjustment invoice” (facture de régularisation), corresponds to your annual invoice and is issued once your official meter index reading has been submitted. This allows you to know exactly what you have consumed over a given period in order to regulate the amounts you have paid throughout the year.

Thus, if you have paid too high a monthly bill, your supplier is required to reimburse you the difference and vice versa.

Final Invoice

Your final statement, or the “closing invoice” (facture de clôture), is similar in role to adjustment invoice but occurs in different cases:

  • When a contract is terminated and you are leaving the country
  • When a contract is terminated and you are changing suppliers
  • During a home move to close the accounts of your old home
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How To Pay your Gas and Electricity Bills

Depending on your energy supplier, you will have several payment methods available. The most common are generally:

  • Direct debit (domiciliation): Authorizing the supplier to automatically withdrawing the amount of your invoice on the same date every month from your bank account.
  • Bank transfer (virement): Paying the requested amount yourself by the requested date.
  • Zoomit: A financial application for storing all types of invoices and managing their payment.
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