One of the main benefits of having a smart meter in your home is being able to see what you’re spending in real time.
However, when it comes to tracking down the most energy hungry appliances, it can be a bit of a guessing game.
Here, we reveal the biggest energy guzzlers, and a few tips on how to tackle them!
The most power-hungry of them all is the Plasma TV which guzzles 658 kWh per year, compared to LED TVs, which are more energy efficient. These cost the average household £98 per year in energy costs.
If you have a plasma TV, follow these helpful tips to keep the running costs down:
Most of us love a nice cuppa, but electric kettles are one of the biggest energy suckers, especially as they get used so often. The average UK household flips the switch on their kettle 1,500 times a year!
Boiling an average 3kWh kettle for 10 minutes per day will cost around £27 per year. If you only boil as much water as you need, you will significantly reduce these costs. Which? Offer great advice on what energy-efficient kettles will save you the £££’s.
Needless to say tumble dryers need a lot of energy to run and can cost between £70 - £100 a year depending on the size of your household. However, they are easy to avoid in the summer.
To avoid using it in the winter, simply hang your washing on a clothes horse and pop it near a radiator to make the most of your central heating.
An extra tip is to ensure you clean the lint filter regularly. A blocked filter will prevent the hot air from circulating freely, so your clothes will take longer to dry.
Doing two loads of washing per week costs an average of £40 a year. Did you know that 90% of a washing machines power is used to heat the water? By reducing your wash from 40oC to 30oC can cut the energy used by 40%.
If you can, dry your clothes on a rack instead of using a tumble dryer, you’ll save £70 on energy costs a year!
A fridge freezer is one of the few items in your home that uses electricity 24 hours a day costing around £62 a year to run. You can make yours more efficient by defrosting it regularly and keeping it well stocked. Don’t panic, you don’t need to buy extra food to do this, ice trays are great for filling up gaps.
Here are a few extra tips to save on the running costs:
Energy Saving Light Bulb
Still got traditional lightbulbs lurking about your home? An energy saving light bulb uses 75% less energy than a regular bulb and it can last up to four years!
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