Most of our homes are packed with electrical appliances, but many of us aren’t aware exactly how much electricity does a house use per day and how that impacts our energy bills. Although our household appliances are becoming more energy efficient, the average costs of energy seem to be constantly rising. Check to see if you could save on your energy bills by joining thousands of other Telegraph readers and take part in the Big Energy Switch.
Here’s our round up of some of the appliances with the highest average electricity consumption in your home, and the reasons why they can be the biggest electricity guzzlers.
Which appliances use the most energy
- Large screen TV
- Fridge freezer
- Electric cooker
- Desktop PC
1. How much electricity does a kettle use?
A kettle is one of the electrical appliances many of us use the most, so over a year they can bump up the cost of bills. Boiling a full kettle for 10 minutes a day will cost you about £30 a year in electricity, but if you only fill half the kettle, you’ll cut your costs in half too. Only boil the amount you need each time to keep bills to a minimum.
2. How much electricity does a fridge freezer use?
Our fridge freezers are switched on all day every day, so are constantly using electricity. The bigger your fridge freezer is, the more energy it will consume. According to the Energy Saving Trust, an A rated 180 litre fridge freezer could cost around £39 a year to run, compared to around £52 a year if you’ve got a large 525 litre fridge freezer, even if it has a better A+ rating.
3. How much electricity does a dishwasher use?
Dishwashers use a lot of water and using yours regularly can bump up the cost of your electricity bills, costing an average of around £45 a year to run. Washing up can save money but make sure you do it in a bowl rather than under a running tap.
4. How much electricity does a TV use?
The bigger your television screen, the more energy it will use, even if it is an energy efficient model. For example, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that a 22” LCD TV would cost just £6 a year to run, but if you had an A-rated 60” TV, this would set you back about £33 a year in electricity.
5. How much electricity do desktop PCs use?
Desktop PCs are another power-hungry device many of us use often, particularly those who work from home. Using one daily will probably set you back around £15 a year. If you can, switch to a laptop, which will generally consume 85% less electricity a year. Tablets are even more energy efficient, using on average 70% less power than laptops.
6. How much electricity does an electric cooker use?
Electric cookers eat up energy because we use them frequently to cook our meals. According to energy provider OVO cooking on a 3.3kWh electric cooker for 30 minutes each day would set you back a hefty £90 in electricity costs. In contrast, using a microwave would typically only cost you around £3 a year if used for 10 minutes a day.
Ways to keep energy bills down
Keeping an eye on your energy consumption, making sure you don’t leave appliances on standby, and switching to more energy efficient items wherever possible can help keep electricity bills to a minimum.
Making sure you’re not paying more than you need to for your energy is also vital, so if you haven’t switched providers recently check how much your current tariff is costing you and see if you can find a cheaper deal elsewhere.
Often, the best deals can be obtained via collective switching schemes, whereby group buying power is used to secure low cost deals from suppliers.
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