Sometimes our understanding of what's going on in the
world is at odds with the facts - on issues ranging from
teen pregnancies and immigration to levels of voter
turnout and the ethnic makeup of the UK.
The energy sector is no different, it seems.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) delivered one
of its now increasingly common
data dumps this morning.
We've delved through the
pile of stats to bring you seven graphs about energy in
the UK that raise some questions about received wisdom in the
Energy bills aren't high, historically
The media is fond of pointing out that households are paying
energy than they used to. This is true - but the data shows the
cost of energy is a long way from being at historic highs.
The cost of electricity, gas and other fuels has been rising
since it bottomed-out in 2004. Between 2002 and 2012 energy
increased by 55 per cent, after accounting for inflation. But
the amount households spend on energy compared to other things is
still relatively low.
In the 1980s, energy bills represented over five per cent of a
household's costs. In 2012, it was a little under 4 per cent:
DECC energy sector indicators 2013