We'd like you to understand what makes up how much you pay for your gas and electric. So we've broken it down into percentages as the chart here shows.  

We base the percentages on our Consolidated Segmental Statement. You can find out more about that on our corporate website SSE.com.

Below we'll explain more about what each percentage means.

Costs breakdown chart
  1. 41% - buying the energy you use
  2. 28% - getting the energy to your home
  3. 12% - government schemes
  4. 8% - looking after you
  5. 6% - our profit
  6. 5% - VAT

41% - buying the energy you use

The wholesale price of electricity and gas goes up and down throughout the year. We buy what we think we'll need early, to keep your gas and electricity prices low. And we've got plenty of places to store the gas we buy to keep costs down.

28% - getting the energy to your home

We pay other network operators to get gas and electricity to your home. Ofgem's website explains how they control how much money operators can make from this.

12% - government schemes

These are things like the Warm Home Discount, Feed-In Tariffs and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). We think the aims of these schemes are great, but they do come with a cost.

8% - looking after you

This is for things like creating your bills, customer service and our IT systems. We want to keep these costs low when providing energy tariffs, but we also want to give you great customer service.

6% - our profit

The profit we make lets us do a lot of things. We put a lot of it back into the UK's energy system and make sure it's fit for the future. It also means we can pay our fair share of tax, employ thousands in the UK and give a fair return to our shareholders.

5% - VAT

All gas and electricity has Value Added Tax (VAT) added to it by the government. This is set at 5% and is the same across all suppliers.