UK consumers pay a lower percentage of their salaries on energy bills than consumers in 17 other EU countries, according to research from voucher code company Vouchercloud.
UK consumers pay on average 2.25% of their annual salaries on energy (an average of £579.75), whereas other countries such as Portugal and Bulgaria this is as high as 5.75% and 5.03%, respectively.
Meanwhile, in Denmark the average energy bill is the highest at the equivalent of £948 per year, but due to much higher average salaries this amounts to as little as 1.68% of annual wages. By contrast, Bulgarian energy bills cost as little as £291 per year, but this amounts to a much higher portion of average earnings.
UK energy price cap cuts signalled
Prime minster Theresa May has this week promised to revive a plan to cap energy prices, which would save consumers on standard variable tariffs an average of £100 a year. Standard variable tariffs have been criticised as being more expensive than fixed-term contracts.
The idea was promised in the Conservative's election manifesto, but there was no mention of it in June's Queen's Speech.
The full details will be published in a draft Parliamentary bill next week.
Meanwhile, three million consumers who use prepayment energy meters are set to see their costs fall later this year.
How UK energy bills compare to our EU neighbours
The table below shows what percentage of earnings consumers in each EU country spend on electricity bills.
Total Annual Spend
What % of their annual wage do they spend on electricity?
Source: Vouchercloud, October 2017.