Not just nappies – a new baby means a 33% higher energy bill – UK study


A new baby at home is a joy for many UK parents, and according to a new study, they’re also the reason why new parents may see their energy bills increase by as much as a third.

UK energy savings experts Duette have published a study which says this increase can be seen in the first year of a baby’s life, thanks to the use of electric appliances such as bottle sanitisers, electric baby bouncers and baby monitors.

More than three-quarters of new parents who participated in the study said they noticed a significant increase in their energy bills – as much as 33%, and noted that approximately two-thirds of the increased cost was due to increased electricity consumption, and the remaining third due to more gas being consumed.

Less than a third of respondents (28%) said their bills dropped back down once their child was a little older, but 76% said their bills were never again as low as before the arrival of the new addition.

Conversely, the costs of clothing, groceries and fuel generally increased by approximately 41% said the study.

A spokesperson for Duette said: “The cost of general living inevitably goes up when you are welcoming a child into the family; it is the perfect time to take a look at your energy usage and see where you can save money.”

Writer’s note: It’s never a bad time to look at how to save more on energy bills, besides perhaps when one has arms full of infant and related essentials. Northern Powergrid however, have made a game of it, and a recent trial showed the technology’s not just good for a spot of fun during a minute to yourself, it can generate real savings too.