Running home appliances can cause electricity bills to mount up, but which ones use the most power? In the UK, British households spend around £3.4 billion every year on simple everyday activities like washing clothes, freezing food, washing dishes and cooking meals, so if you want to save money on your energy costs, here is a run down of some of the most power hungry appliances in the home together with some ideas about how to make savings.
The Home’s Most Expensive To Run Appliances
While all major household appliances contribute to rising energy bills, some are much less cost effective to run than others. Some of the home’s most expensive appliances include fridge freezers, electric hobs and tumble dryers. These appliances all cost around £20 to £30 to run each year and produce between 129 and 175 kg of carbon dioxide per annum. This is compared with the least energy intensive products such as microwaves and gas cookers which cost only around £12 a year to run and only produce around 50 kg of carbon dioxide each year.
How To Save Money On Your Electrical Appliances
Once you’ve realised how much money your electrical appliances are costing you to run each year, you’ll probably be looking for ways to save and cut back on costs. Of course, most of our household appliances are essential to the smooth running of the home, so you may not be able to cut back on their usage. For example, you can’t just stop using your fridge, but you may be able to limit the use of the power hungry tumble dryer by hanging clothes out to line dry on warmer days, and by adding tumble dryer balls to your machine if you need to use it on a rainy day. Another way to reduce costs is to always turn machines off at the wall when not being used instead of leaving them on standby. Dishwashers should always be full before turning them on and often have an energy efficient economy setting. When using the washer or dryer, you should always wait until you have a full load, washing on a lower heat setting, and when cooking food, try to opt for the microwave as often as possible. If using the oven, try to limit the number of times you open the door during cooking and use stacked steamers to cook several things on one hob at once. Putting a lid on pans will also cut back on the amount of energy used in preparing food. Regular defrosting of your fridge and freezer helps them to run more efficiently while keeping it fully stocked is an effective form of insulation which helps to save money. Perhaps the best way of all to save money is to choose energy efficient appliances. Modern appliances are all given a rating to help you make a smarter choice, with A++ being the most eco friendly and cheap to operate.