• Too Hot To Handle pips Love Island to top the list of the most expensive reality TV homes to run, paying £21,300 and £17,000 a year respectively for their energy
  • The Great British Bake Off’s Big Tent is the cheapest to run, with estimated bills of almost £5,000 a year
  • Estimates show reality TV homes could save nearly a quarter of their bill by switching to the cheapest energy deal on the market.

As the latest series of Love Island continues to capture the nation’s attention, energyhelpline.com has conducted analysis into how much it costs to power popular reality TV show homes – from the party palace of Love Island to the apartments of The Circle.

With series seven of Love Island now in full swing, Islanders should be glad they don’t have to foot the bill for their summer of love, as analysis reveals the Love Island villa and Casa Amor rack up a combined energy bill of £17,111 a year.

Despite the eye-watering cost to run, it’s Netflix’s popular dating show Too Hot Too Handle that takes top spot as the most expensive reality TV show home to run – at over 15,000 sq ft with two private beaches, this Caribbean villa racks up an estimated £21,3000 in energy bills per year.

ShowEnergy cost per yearPotential saving per year
1Too Hot To Handle £21,300£5,250 
2Love Island
(Main Villa and Casa Amor)
£17,111 £4,217 
3Temptation Island £15,620 £3,850 
4The Apprentice£14,200 £3,500 
5Below Deck£7,618£1,877 
6The Circle£5,448 £1,343 
7Great British Bake Off£4,957 £1,222 

Source: energyhelpline.com

Meanwhile, set on the immaculately kept grounds of Welford Park country house and estate, the UK’s beloved Great British Bake Off tent costs an estimated £4,957 a year in energy bills, with rumours that the show is currently in filming and set to be returning to our screen in autumn.

Also making the list is US series Below Deck, a show following young crew members aboard a luxurious vessel. With estimates based on the latest season – which according to the Yacht’s very own website boasts room for 12 guests, a sundeck with a jacuzzi and large beach club – this is expected to cost its private owners £7,618 in yearly energy bills; and that’s without fuel costs. 

Despite the huge showbiz budgets, there’s always a benefit to saving on energy bills. For instance, calculations estimate that the top two shows, Love Island and Too Hot To Handle, could save a combined £9,467 each year by switching to the most competitive fixed rate energy deal on the market.

Tashema Jackson, consumer champion at energyhelpline.com, said:

“While these paradise pads face thousands of pounds worth of energy bills every year, households in the UK are unlikely to ever open their bill to find such eye-watering costs.

“However, over the course of the last 18 months many of us will have been inspired to upgrade our homes and gardens to give ourselves a little more zest by installing outdoor lighting, fire pits or hot tubs.

“Given these added bits of comfort usually come with an additional energy cost it is worth considering if you are getting the best deal possible from your energy supplier. 

“Comparing tariffs and switching to the best deal out there is an easy way to keep those energy bills down so you can also enjoy a summer of luxury without having to over pay for the privilege.”

Notes to editors

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Estimated energy cost on Standard Variable Tariff 
Current SVT price cap is £1,138 per year
Average UK house size is 800sq ft (source: Barclays)
Average UK energy cost per square foot per year = £1.42 (£1,138/800 = £1.42)
£1.42 x estimated area sq ft = estimated energy cost on SVT per year.

Estimated cost saving by switching to the cheapest deal on the market (as of 20.07.21)
Current cheapest deal is £859 per year
Average UK house size is 800sq ft (source: Barclays)
Average UK energy cost per square foot per year = £1.07 (£859/800 = £1.07)
£1.07 x estimated area sq ft = estimated energy cost savings per year by switching to the cheapest deal.

1. Too Hot To Handle (15,000sq ft)
£1.42 x 15,000 = £21,300 per year
£1.07 x 15,000 = £16,050
£21,300 – £16,050 = £5,250 per year

2. Love Island

Main Villa (7,250sq ft)
£1.42 x 7,250 = £10,295 per year 
£1.07 x 7,250 = £7,758
£10,295 – £7,758 = £2,537 per year

Casa Amor (4,800sq ft)
£1.42 x 4,800 = £6,816 per year
£1.07 x 4,800 = £5,136
£6,816 – £5,136 = £1,680 per year 

3. Temptation Island (11,000sq ft)
£1.42 x 11,000 = £15,620 per year
£1.07 x 11,000 = £11,770
£15,620 – £11,770 = £3,850 per year

4. The Apprentice (10,000sq ft)
£1.42 x 10,000  = £14,200 per year
£1.07 x 10,000 = £10,700
£14,200 – £10,700 = £3,500 per year

5. Below Deck (185ft x 29ft = 5,365sq ft)
£1.42 x 5,365 = £7,618 per year
£1.07 x 5,365 = £5,741
£7,618 – £5,741 = £1,877 per year

6. The Circle (39.6 sqm = 426.25sq ft) 
£1.42 x 426.25  = £605.28 per year, per apartment
£1.07 x 426.25 = £456.09
£605.28 – £456.09 = £149.19 per year, per apartment 
9x apartments used = £605.28 x 9 = £5,447.52 per year
9x apartments used = £149.19 x 9 = £1,342.71 per year 

7. GBBO (39.4 ft x 88.6ft = 3,491sq ft)
£1.42 x 3,491 = £4,957.22  per year
£1.07 x 3,491 = £3,735
£4,957 – £3,735 = £1,222 per year