Energy bill warning: Which appliances are costing you the most? Check now | Personal finance | Finance
In the fight against soaring energy bills, Britons may want to identify which appliances are consuming the most energy. Individuals are unlikely to be able to completely stop using certain devices, as they are essential to our daily lives.
However, knowing which devices use the most power could help make small changes.
Even appliances that consume a relatively small amount of electricity can affect the energy bill.
This can happen especially if the device is left on or put to sleep.
In fact, the Energy Savings Trust estimates that the average UK household will spend £55 a year to power appliances that are on or left in standby mode.
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Respectively, these devices cost £85 and £60 per year respectively for typical use.
The dishwasher consumes 1.44 kWh per use at 65 degrees Celsius.
With the Energy Savings Trust estimating the average Briton will use it around 135 times a year, this could create an annual cost of £55.
Finally, the kettle uses surprising amounts of energy – but people are expected to boil it for a cup of tea or coffee around 1,542 times a year.
At an electricity consumption of 0.11 kWh per use, based on heating one liter of water, the cost per year is estimated at £48.
Amid rising energy costs this winter, experts have urged Britons to act.
Alice Haine, personal finance analyst at BestInvest, said households should always strive to reduce their energy consumption.
She said: ‘Maybe it’s time to think about more practical levels like investing in warming aids for the home such as cozy blankets, hot water bottles, faux fur lined slippers, thermal underwear and warm clothes that can be layered.
“Even simple measures such as closing the curtains at night to act as an extra level of insulation to help keep the heat in, moving your furniture around so it doesn’t block the heat coming out of the radiator, and making your clean dog socks around doors, windows, or cracks in the floor can help.
“Clogging an unused fireplace, putting rugs on wood or tile floors are other simple heat retention measures. Now is the time to think smart about keeping the house warm with every worthwhile DIY tactic.
“In addition to conserving heat, households should strive to reduce their energy consumption where they can. Air-drying clothes instead of using a dryer, taking shorter showers, and turning off lights and appliances not in use are all simple tactics that can help cut costs.