New Study Reveals Which UK Cities Stand Strong Against The Cold To Keep Heating Costs Low

As snow arrives in the UK and this winter’s fuel bills are predicted to spike again, cast iron radiator experts Paladin Radiators have taken a dive into which are the best UK cities for keeping warm.

Taking a combination of city size and gas and electric prices, Paladin has been able to create a metric to show the best places to live if you want to cope best with the coldest temperatures for the best possible energy price.

The results show that:

Manchester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland come out on top, with the lowest costs, residents of these cities are paying just over 30 p/kWh for electricity and around 9.7 p/kWh for gas, meaning they enjoy some of the most competitive prices in the UK.

Yorkshire fares similarly well, with the costs in Leeds and Sheffield being close.

Scottish customers are next, with Glasgow and Edinburgh being in the top three areas to live for more competitive bills.

London and Reading are the worst places to live in terms of energy costs, with a stark 34 p/kWh price for electricity and just over 10 p/kWh for gas.

Rank For Energy Cost In UKRegionLargest Cities in That RegionElectric (p/kWh ex VAT)Gas (p/kWh ex VAT)
1NorthernManchester, Newcastle,
Middlesbrough, Sunderland
3Southern ScotlandGlasgow,
4South WalesCardiff32.3559.900
5MidlandsBirmingham, Leicester,
Coventry, Stoke
6South EastBrighton33.6339.805
8North Wales and MerseyLiverpool34.2699.851

Paladin Radiator’s Jon Walker, said: “With the wild fluctuations in weather patterns in recent years, it is becoming clear that while we are enjoying long, hot summers, we also need to think about how much of an effect cold winters are having and how best to cope.

“Our research here shows that cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland enjoy lower energy prices overall. However, energy prices have never been so high in general. This is why we always advocate using environmentally friendly cast iron radiators to our customers.

“Conversely it seems that Liverpool, London and Reading are suffering from the largest bills.”

“The benefits are many, but the fact that cast iron radiators retain their heat is a reason many people enjoy having them in their homes.”

Benefits of Cast Iron Radiators

Durability: Cast iron radiators are incredibly durable and long-lasting. They can operate in a wide range of temperatures and have an extremely long service life.

Heat Retention: Cast iron has excellent heat retention properties, which means it can continue to emit heat as the room reaches temperature and the TRV (when fitted) is reducing the heated flow of water. This helps maintain a more consistent and comfortable temperature in a room.

Efficiency: Cast iron radiators, provide the best possible output from their large heating surface areas and work well with lower temperature systems (heat pumps etc.)

Low Maintenance: Cast iron radiators are low maintenance. They only require periodic cleaning to preserve their unique appearance.

Energy Efficiency: Cast iron radiators help with energy-efficiency as they can comfortably operate with lower water temperatures while still providing effective heating. This can lead to energy savings and reduced heating bills.

Environmental Benefits: Cast iron is a recyclable material, and many cast iron radiators are made from recycled cast iron this along with their extended lifetime help these radiators contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly heating system.

Customization: Cast iron radiators come in various sizes and styles, allowing you to choose the right one for your space and design preferences. Some companies also offer customization options, so you can have a radiator that fits your exact specifications.

First we took data that showed us what the largest cities in the UK were to give us an idea of where the most people in the UK live and to provide a good base for our research. (

We then looked into the average energy prices for both gas and electricity by region. This is correct to 2023:

We turned the data into ranked data as the table in the copy shows.

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“Thank you for all your help, we will definitely recommend Paladin to anyone we know who is looking for cast iron radiators and will get in touch when we’re needing radiators for our ground floor.”